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for Tit for tat
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Tit \Tit\, n.
1. A small horse. --Tusser.
2. A woman; -- used in contempt. --Burton.
3. A morsel; a bit. --Halliwell.
4. [OE.; cf. Icel. titter a tit or small bird. The word
probably meant originally, something small, and is perhaps
the same as teat. Cf. Titmouse, Tittle.] (Zool.)
(a) Any one of numerous species of small singing birds
belonging to the families Paridae and
Leiotrichidae; a titmouse.
(b) The European meadow pipit; a titlark.
Ground tit. (Zool.) See Wren tit, under Wren.
Hill tit (Zool.), any one of numerous species of Asiatic
singing birds belonging to Siva, Milna, and allied
Tit babbler (Zool.), any one of several species of small
East Indian and Asiatic timaline birds of the genus
Tit for tat. [Probably for tip for tap. See Tip a slight
blow.] An equivalent; retaliation.
Tit thrush (Zool.), any one of numerous species of Asiatic
and East Indian birds belonging to Suthora and allied
genera. In some respects they are intermediate between the
thrushes and titmice.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
tit for tat
n 1: an equivalent given in return
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
78 Moby Thesaurus words for "tit for tat":
agency, alternation, balance, ballast, battledore and shuttlecock,
blow for blow, change, coaction, commutation,
complementary distribution, concurrence, consideration,
cooperation, counterbalance, counterchange, counterpoise,
counterweight, cross fire, delegation, deputation, deputyship,
displacement, engagement, equipoise, equivalent, exchange,
give-and-take, interaction, interchange, intercommunication,
intercourse, interlacing, intermeshing, intermutation, interplay,
intertwining, interweaving, interworking, law of retaliation,
lex talionis, like for like, makeweight, measure for measure, mesh,
meshing, mutual admiration, mutual support, mutual transfer,
mutuality, offset, permutation, power of attorney, quid pro quo,
reciprocality, reciprocation, reciprocity, replacement,
representation, retaliation, seesaw, setoff,
something for something, something in return, something of value,
subrogation, substitution, supersedence, superseding, supersedure,
supersession, supplantation, supplanting, supplantment, switch,
talion, transposal, transposition, vicariousness
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