give-and-take definition by Webster's New World
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- a yielding and conceding on both sides; compromise
- an exchange of remarks or retorts on equal terms; repartee; banter
give-and-take definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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also give and takenoun
- The practice of compromise.
- Lively exchange of ideas or conversation: “the raucous give and take of American democracy” (Charles Kuralt).
give-and-take - Phrases/Idioms
The practice of compromise, as in Every contract involves some give and take. This expression was first recorded in 1778, although the verbal idiom, to give and take, was used from the early 1500s.
Lively exchange of ideas or conversation, as in The legislature is famous for raucous give and take. [Second half of 1800s]