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
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British Dictionary definitions for quid pro quo

quid pro quo

/ (ˈkwɪd prəʊ ˈkwəʊ) /

noun plural quid pro quos

a reciprocal exchange
something given in compensation, esp an advantage or object given in exchange for another

Word Origin for quid pro quo

C16: from Latin: something for something
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Culture definitions for quid pro quo

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 quid pro 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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