quids pro quo

quid pro quo

[kwid proh kwoh]
noun, plural quid pro quos, quids pro quo for 2.
1.
(italics) Latin. one thing in return for another.
2.
something that is given or taken in return for something else; substitute.

Origin:
1555–65; Latin quid prō quō literally, something for something; see what, pro1

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quid pro quo (ˈkwɪd prəʊ ˈkwəʊ)
 
n , pl quid pro quos
1.  a reciprocal exchange
2.  something given in compensation, esp an advantage or object given in exchange for another
 
[C16: from Latin: something for something]

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quid pro quo
1565, from L., lit. "something for something, one thing for another."
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quid pro quo [(kwid proh kwoh)]

A fair exchange; the phrase is most frequently used in diplomacy: “The Chinese may make some concessions on trade, but they will no doubt demand a quid pro quo, so we must be prepared to make concessions too.” From Latin, meaning “something for something.”

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