quid pro quo


1. a favour granted in exchange for something else






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a quid pro quo

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Quid pro quo is a phrase in Latin sometimes used in English meaning an exchange of one thing for another. This expression is used to emphasise that one side of the exchange is dependent on the other. Similar in meaning to 'give and take' and  'tit for tat'. "The Democrats are complaining that there has been no quid pro quo in this exchange." "They negotiated a quid pro quo where both parties benefit." This is more of a formal phrase you will hear in professional contexts.

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  1. The lighter prison sentence was a quid pro quo for revealing the accomplices to the crime.
  2. She agreed to take on extra work only on the basis of a quid pro quo because she wanted extra holiday time off.

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  1. Many of the local businesses have a quid pro quo agreement where are they exchange produce with one another.
  2. I heard the criminal was offered a quid pro quo agreement in order to obtain information about the gang crime.

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