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English definition of “tit for tat”

tit for tat

noun [U]     disapproving
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 .Revenge and vengefulness tit-for-tat     /tɪt.fərˈtæt/ adjective [before noun] Recent months have seen a pattern of tit-for-tat killings between the two sides .Revenge and vengefulness
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