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tit for tat

noun [U] uk   disapproving us  
actions done intentionally to punish other people because they have done something unpleasant to you: I noticed she didn't send me a card - I think it was tit for tat because I forgot her birthday last year.
tit-for-tat
adjective [before noun] uk   /tɪt.fərˈtæt/ us  
Recent months have seen a pattern of tit-for-tat killings between the two sides.
Translations of “tit for tat”
in Chinese (Traditional) 以牙還牙,針鋒相對…
in Russian зуб за зуб…
in Turkish misilleme…
in Chinese (Simplified) 以牙还牙,针锋相对…
in Polish oko za oko…
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