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verb (used with or without object), tat·ted, tat·ting.
  1. to do, or make by, tatting.

Origin of tat

First recorded in 1900–05; back formation from tatting

TAT

  1. Thematic Apperception Test.
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Examples from the Web for tat

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  • And they think you are resolved to break theirs: so tit for tat, Miss.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • To his uncomplicated nature the affair was still one of tit for tat.

    Fraternity

    John Galsworthy

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for tat

tat1

verb tats, tatting or tatted
  1. to make (something) by tatting

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin

tat2

noun
  1. tatty articles or a tatty condition
  2. tasteless articles
  3. a tangled mass

Word Origin

C20: back formation from tatty

tat3

noun
  1. short for tattoo 2 (def. 2)

tat4

noun
  1. See tit for tat
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Word Origin and History for tat

v.

1882, "to do tatting," back-formation from tatting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tat in Medicine

TAT

abbr.
  1. Thematic Apperception Test
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Idioms and Phrases with tat

tat

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