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Idioms

quid pro quo

This page is about the idiom 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

a. you eat it

b. you iron my clothes

c. you say thank you
a) you eat it b) you iron my clothes c) you say thank you

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Contributor: Matt Errey