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EtymologyEdit

Origin uncertain; conjectured to be from Dutch dit voor dat (this for that), French tant pour tant (equal for equal),[1] or English tip for tap (a blow for a blow).

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tit for tat (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Equivalent retribution, returning exactly what one gets; an eye for an eye.
    If you hit me, I’ll hit you back; tit for tat.

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NounEdit

tit for tat (plural tit for tats)

  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) A hat.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ E[lizabeth] M[cLaren] Kirkpatrick and C[atherine] M. Schwarz, editors (1993), “tit”, in The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms (Wordsworth Reference Series), Ware, Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Reference, ISBN 978-1-85326-309-5, page 391.

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