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[kwoh] /kwoʊ/
verb (used with object), Archaic.

in statu quo

[in stah-too kwoh; English in stey-tyoo kwoh, stach-oo] /ɪn ˈstɑ tu ˈkwoʊ; English ɪn ˈsteɪ tyu ˈkwoʊ, ˈstætʃ u/
adverb, Latin.
in the state in which (anything was or is).

locus in quo

[loh-koo s in kwoh; English loh-kuh s in kwoh] /ˈloʊ kʊs ɪn ˈkwoʊ; English ˈloʊ kəs ɪn ˈkwoʊ/
noun, Latin.
the place in which; the very place; the scene of the event.

quid pro quo

[kwid proh kwoh] /ˈkwɪd proʊ ˈkwoʊ/
noun, plural quid pro quos, quids pro quo.
something that is given or taken in return for something else.
Origin of quid pro quo
1555-65; Latin quid prō quō literally, something for something; see what, pro1

quo animo?

[kwoh ah-ni-moh; English kwoh an-uh-moh] /kwoʊ ˈɑ nɪˌmoʊ; English kwoʊ ˈæn əˌmoʊ/
with what spirit or intention?

quo jure?

[kwoh yoo-re; English kwoh joo r-ee] /kwoʊ ˈyu rɛ; English kwoʊ ˈdʒʊər i/
by what right?

terminus a quo

[ter-mi-noo s ah kwoh; English tur-muh-nuh s ey kwoh] /ˈtɛr mɪˌnʊs ɑ ˈkwoʊ; English ˈtɜr mə nəs eɪ ˈkwoʊ/
noun, Latin.
the end from which; beginning; starting point; earliest limiting point. Unabridged
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  • quo modo nisi per dolores sanabitur, qui per delectationes infirmatur?

    Diary of John Manningham John Manningham
  • "It's aye gude to be ceevil," quo' the auld wife when she beckit to the deevil.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • The souter gae the sow a kiss; "grumph," quo' she, "it's for a birse."

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • "It's gude to be merry and wise," quo' the miller when he mouter'd twice.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • quo cum peruenirent sui commilitones, congregati circa ipsum dominum suum, excercitum magnum et fortem conflauerunt.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • "Mair haste the waur speed," quo' the tailor to the lang thread.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • Ovum deforme, in quo partes embryonis et secundarum distingui vix possunt, molam vocabimus.

    A System of Midwifery Edward Rigby
  • "Onything sets a gude face," quo' the monkey wi' the mutch on.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • He dismisses his marriage as follows: "Duxi uxorem inexpectato, a quo tempore multa adversa concomitata sunt."

    Jerome Cardan William George Waters
British Dictionary definitions for quo

quid pro quo

/ˈkwɪd prəʊ ˈkwəʊ/
noun (pl) quid pro quos
a reciprocal exchange
something given in compensation, esp an advantage or object given in exchange for another
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: something for something

terminus a quo

/ˈtɜːmɪˌnʊs ɑː ˈkwəʊ/
the starting point; beginning
Word Origin
literally: the end from which
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for quo

quid pro quo

1560s, from Latin, literally "something for something, one thing for another," from nominative and ablative neuter singulars of relative pronoun qui "who" (see who) + pro "for" (see pro-) + quo, ablative of quid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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quo in Culture
quid pro quo [(kwid proh kwoh)]

A fair exchange; the phrase is most frequently used in diplomacy: “The Chinese may make some concessions on trade, but they will no doubt demand a quid pro quo, so we must be prepared to make concessions too.” From Latin, meaning “something for something.”

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Idioms and Phrases with quo

quid pro quo

An equal exchange or substitution, as in I think it should be quid pro quo—you mow the lawn and I'll take you to the movies. This Latin expression, meaning “something for something,” has been used in English since the late 1500s.
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