something that is given or taken in return for something else.
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How to use quid pro quo in a sentence
“The U.S. is going to want to keep these as separate issues and not link them formally with a quid pro quo,” he said.
The Court has upheld limits on individual contributions to avoid quid pro quo corruption or the “appearance of corruption.”Originalists Making It Up Again: McCutcheon and ‘Corruption’ | Lawrence Lessig | April 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Budapest document makes sense historically only as a quid pro quo agreement resting upon American credibility to act.Obama Must Show He’ll Use Military Means to Deter Russia in Ukraine | Leslie H. Gelb | March 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Supreme Court only accepts one justification for limiting political speech: quid pro quo corruption or the appearance thereof.SCOTUS-Palooza: Preview of the Big Cases in the New Term | Ilya Shapiro | October 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Fully 29 examples—almost five times the number of “quid pro quo” examples—were cases of “improper dependence.”The Court Case That Pivots on What ‘Corrupt’ Really Means | Lawrence Lessig | September 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
"I quite admit that; but you've always received a quid pro quo," the general snapped.The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
This quid pro quo went on for some five minutes before I discovered that here the secret police service is called "the railway."The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
He had bestowed himself without receiving the due quid pro quo.A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3) | Frances Eleanor Trollope
As many symptoms are common to several diseases, I took not infrequently quid pro quo.Solomon Maimon: An Autobiography. | Solomon Maimon
The ''cute trick' upon the honest farmer was capital, and a fair quid pro quo.
British Dictionary definitions for quid pro quo
a reciprocal exchange
something given in compensation, esp an advantage or object given in exchange for another
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Cultural definitions for quid pro quo
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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