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quid pro quo Formal

Meaning: If you do something as a quid pro quo, you do it on the understanding that something will be done for you in return.

For example:

  • I have this quid pro quo with my flatmate where I do his washing for him and he lets me use his computer for an hour a day.

  • Let's make it a quid pro quo in which you contribute to our party's election fund and we give you a big government contract if we win the election.

Note: This is a Latin phrase that means 'something for something'.

Quick Quiz:

Let's make it a quid pro quo. I'll cook dinner for you if
  1. you eat it
  2. you iron my clothes
  3. you say thank you

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