Definition of Give-and-take

1. Noun. An exchange of views on some topic. "We had a word or two about it"

2. Noun. Light teasing repartee.
Exact synonyms: Backchat, Banter, Raillery
Generic synonyms: Repartee
Specialized synonyms: Badinage, Persiflage
Derivative terms: Banter

3. Noun. Mutual interaction; the activity of reciprocating or exchanging (especially information).
Exact synonyms: Interchange, Reciprocation
Generic synonyms: Interaction
Specialized synonyms: Reciprocity, Cross-fertilisation, Cross-fertilization, Dealings, Traffic
Derivative terms: Interchange, Reciprocate

Definition of Give-and-take

1. Noun. The settling of differences through compromise and mutual concessions. ¹

2. Noun. A lively exchange of conversation. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Give-and-take

give-and-take (current term)
give-away shop
give-away shops
give-up the ghost
give 110%
give a bad name
give a damn
give a good account of oneself
give a gun
give a hang
give a hoot
give a hundred percent

Literary usage of Give-and-take

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Cycle of Adams Letters, 1861-1865 by Charles Francis Adams, Henry Adams (1920)
"Verily politics does give and take strange bed-fellows, and to find you working heart and hand with Weed, advising with him, confiding in him and believing ..."

2. English Prose: Selections by Henry Craik (1895)
"THE give-and-take OF FRIENDSHIP IT is possible, however, that Mr. Allworthy saw enough to render him a little uneasy ; for we are not always to conclude ..."

3. Kate Beaumont by John William De Forest (1872)
"... and I perform my share of it ; but as for talking, quick interchange of ideas, fair give and take, we are on a par with Cooper's noble savage. ..."

4. The Beginnings of Modern Europe (1250-1450) by Ephraim Emerton (1917)
"was a matter of give and take and that it would be idle to expect any good thing from loyalty to such a feeble thing as this Valois monarchy. ..."

5. The Legal Obligations Arising Out of Treaty Relations Between China and by Minchien Tuk Zung Tyau (1917)
"In other words, there must be both give and take, and not all give and no take. For only then can the resulting obligations be mutual and not as, ..."

6. Edinburgh Medical Journal (1901)
"Day and night give and take light. The seasons give and take heat, ... The give and take, rhythmic movements, of the physical universe assume a great ..."

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