- Informal Older Use. a compliment that one has heard and that one offers to tell the person so complimented under the condition that that person will first report a compliment made about oneself. Abbreviation: T.L.
Origin of trade-last
An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
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- US informal a compliment that one has heard about someone, which one offers to tell to that person in exchange for a compliment heard about oneself