- to do, or make by, tatting.
Origin of tat
First recorded in 1900–05; back formation from tatting
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Examples from the Web for tat
Since then, we've been locked in an escalating tit for tat war in which the loser is our increasingly empty federal court system.Who's to Blame for the Congressional Judicial Meltdown? Everybody.
March 14, 2013
And especially in the Middle East, the doubling down on tit for tat is an all-too-uncommon occurrence.Is Israel Immoral to Retaliate Against Gaza?
November 24, 2012
And they think you are resolved to break theirs: so tit for tat, Miss.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
To his uncomplicated nature the affair was still one of tit for tat.Fraternity
The affair now had simmered down to plain temper and tit for tat.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
Well, considering Harrison's qualifications, it might still not be tit for tat.Citadel
Algirdas Jonas Budrys
At any rate, he turned to Cæsar, and said slowly, 'Tit for tat.The Hill
Horace Annesley Vachell
- to make (something) by tatting
C19: of unknown origin
- tatty articles or a tatty condition
- tasteless articles
- a tangled mass
C20: back formation from tatty
- short for tattoo 2 (def. 2)
- See tit for tat
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Word Origin and History for tat
1882, "to do tatting," back-formation from tatting.
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Idioms and Phrases with tat
see tit for tat.
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