tat

[tat]
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Origin of tat

First recorded in 1900–05; back formation from tatting

TAT

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Examples from the Web for tat

Contemporary Examples of tat

Historical Examples of tat

  • 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

tat

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

Word Origin for tat

C19: of unknown origin

tat

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

Word Origin for tat

C20: back formation from tatty

tat

3
noun
  1. short for tattoo 2 (def. 2)

tat

4
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

see tit for tat.

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