Tit-tat-to

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tit-tat-to tit′-tat-tōō (or -tō), a child's game, same as Criss-cross (q.v.).
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Usage

In literature:

I ain't kickin' at your givin' me tit for tat, or tryin' to.
"The Depot Master" by Joseph C. Lincoln
This was exactly the sort of "tit-for-tat" humor that appeals to a Yankee crowd.
"Cy Whittaker's Place" by Joseph C. Lincoln
And it never did for her to give them tit-for-tat.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
And they think you are resolved to break theirs: so tit for tat, Miss.
"Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
It is a long time since I wrote to you, but neither have you been quite so zealous a correspondent this summer, so it is tit for tat.
"The Dangerous Age" by Karin Michaëlis
Do unto oders all around de t'ing what's good and true, An' oders, 'turning tit for tat, will do de same to you.
"Blown to Bits" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
To give a "Roland for an Oliver" is to give tit for tat, to give another as good a drubbing as you receive.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
At any rate, he turned to Caesar, and said slowly, 'Tit for tat.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Do unto oders all around de t'ing what's good and true, An' oders, 'turning tit for tat, will do do same to you.
"Blown to Bits" by R.M. Ballantyne
The affair now had simmered down to plain temper and tit for tat.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
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In news:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bush administration on Thursday ordered the expulsion of Bolivia's ambassador to the US after Bolivia expelled the US envoy there in an escalating tit-for-tat.
Turkey responds to Syria with tit-for-tat airspace ban.
China has denied it is increasing combat readiness and tit-for-tat behavior in response to a territorial row with the Philippines over a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.
Moscow retaliated by passing a tit-for-tat bill to sanction Americans who commit human rights violations against Russians.
Such tit-for-tat bloodshed was a hallmark of Northern Ireland's conflict until the 1990s cease-fires, but Protestant outlaws usually have not responded to IRA provocations over the past decade.
Last Wednesday night's reality showdown between CBS and NBC was just the latest tit-for-tat scheduling duel between the two sides, as CBS attempted to hurt the launch of NBC's.
Russia threatens to respond tit-for- tat to US bill.
Russia promises tit-for- tat response to US bill.
In a rather open tit-for-tat, Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith issued a statement that if Senate Republicans are going to investigate Gov Eliot Spitzer, they have to investigate the Roger Stone flap.
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In science:

Mathematically, this model generalizes the iterated prisoner dilemma and tit-for-tat, from the dyadic setting of and to the multi-individual setting.
Altruism can proliferate through group/kin selection despite high random gene flow
Several behavioural patterns found in different species have been claimed to be examples of the “tit for tat” strategy.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
These findings do not imply that the individual that defected is genetically programmed with a strategy that tends to defect, while the other individual that withdrew upon exploitation is programmed with “tit for tat”.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
This observation, which was also claimed to be an example of “tit for tat”, demonstrates the same pattern: if one side gives up cooperation, the other one does not accept exploitation.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
The phenomenal success of Bittorent hinges on the use of simple bilateral tit-for-tat rule , by which a client would choke its upload to another client who is found not uploading in return.
Exploring Network Economics
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