give-and-take

[ giv-uhn-teyk ]
/ ˈgɪv ənˈteɪk /

noun

the practice of dealing by compromise or mutual concession; cooperation.
good-natured exchange of talk, ideas, etc.

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Origin of give-and-take

First recorded in 1760–70
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British Dictionary definitions for give-and-take

give-and-take

noun

mutual concessions, shared benefits, and cooperation
a smoothly flowing exchange of ideas and talk

verb give and take (intr)

to make mutual concessions
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Idioms and Phrases with give-and-take

give and take

1

The practice of compromise, as in Every contract involves some give and take. This expression was first recorded in 1778, although the verbal idiom, to give and take, was used from the early 1500s.

2

Lively exchange of ideas or conversation, as in The legislature is famous for raucous give and take. [Second half of 1800s]

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