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quid pro quo

Quid pro quo?
Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  something given in exchange for something else — especially the exchange of favors (often said disapprovingly)
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In a legal context, "quid pro quo" often references a bribe or sexual harassment.

It is rarely used in other specialized contexts like the substitution of one medicine for another or accidentally substituting one thing for another — especially during transcription.
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  • Quid pro quo?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • It was the prison system’s quid pro quo: You want contact with the outside world?
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • A quid pro quo, as he would say.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It might be some kind of quid pro quo situation.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King

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  • A game of quid pro quo.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • M. Gillenormand had not accepted the quid pro quo.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Sir Basil Charleston, chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service, was a master of the quid pro quo, occasionally offering to share sources with his wealthier cousins and a month later asking for something in return.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • The motive for the murders, for example — she puts it down to wild jealousy on the part of Grace, who envied Nancy her possession of Mr. Kinnear, and lechery on the part of McDermott, who was promised a quid pro quo for his services as butcher, in the form of Grace’s favours.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • The old quid pro quo.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • How do you make sense of that The most logical explanation is that the wrestlers made a quid pro quo agreement: you let me win today, when I really need the victory, and I’ll let you win the next time.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics

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  • I no longer believe this is a quid pro quo universe—I’ve counseled too many prisoners, worked with too many failed marriages, faced my own dilemmas too many times, and been loved gratuitously after too many failures.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • "Now I don’t know that the law will hold a man to such a promise; he might give you his pocket with sixpence in’t, and tell you to take your pay out on’t," "That would not be a reward in the eye of the law, interrupted the attorney—" not what is called a ’quid pro quo;’ nor is the pocket to be considered as an agent, but as part of a man’s own person, that is, in this particular.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Quid pro quo.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Quid pro quo.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • "Quid pro quo," said the demon, playfully emphasizing each syllable with a tap of his cane.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • "Quid pro quo," recited the imp.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • I’d say quid pro quo has been the basis for a rather successful partnership.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • As you said yourself, a productive partnership is based on quid pro quo rather than charity.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
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Associated words [difficulty]:   quid pro quo [7] , status quo [5] , pro bono [8]
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