trade-off

or trade·off

[ treyd-awf, -of ]
/ ˈtreɪdˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun

the exchange of one thing for another of more or less equal value, especially to effect a compromise.

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Origin of trade-off

First recorded in 1960–65; noun use of verb phrase trade off
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British Dictionary definitions for trade-off

trade-off

noun

an exchange, esp as a compromise
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Cultural definitions for trade-off

tradeoff

What must be given up, and what is gained, when an economic decision is made.

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Idioms and Phrases with trade-off

trade off

Exchange one thing for another, especially as a compromise. For example, They were willing to trade off some vacation for the freedom to work flexible hours. This idiom gave rise to tradeoff for “an exchange.” [First half of 1800s]

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