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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.
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