• WordNet 3.6
    • n give-and-take mutual interaction; the activity of reciprocating or exchanging (especially information)
    • n give-and-take light teasing repartee
    • n give-and-take an exchange of views on some topic "we had a good discussion","we had a word or two about it"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n give-and-take The practice of giving and taking on equal or fair terms; a mutual making of concessions or allowances; exchange, as of ideas, civilities, repartee, jests, banter, etc.; a giving of tit-for-tat.
    • give-and-take Characterized by a spirit of giving and taking on fair terms, as in evening up advantages and disadvantages; marked by mutual concession: as, a give-and-take policy.
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  • George B. Mere
    George B. Mere
    “Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “To free a person from error is to give, and not to take away.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.”
  • Bernard Meltzer
    Bernard Meltzer
    “Blessed are those who give without remembering. And blessed are those who take without forgetting.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love.”


Give and take - Where there is give and take, people make concessions in order to get things they want in negotiations.


In literature:

Floyd will give up one of his rooms and take Cecil.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
See, she takes thee to her heart and gives thee back thy daughter, a home and happiness.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
But she also knew the unselfishness, the affectionate give-and-take of a big family.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
They proposed to give fifty, and I offered to split the difference and take seventy-five.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
This serves to take up her mind, and gives her something to look forward to.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
All this comes about when one is unwilling to give, when one merely takes and takes and takes.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
I'll take the girls with me and give them a chance to see the inside of a Yarmouth cottage.
"Dorothy's Travels" by Evelyn Raymond
I will give them to you, and nobody and nothing shall ever take them from you again, if you do something for me.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
They give him a kidney to eat and take him to the lodge of the big wolves.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
For the passion of a strong man is loving and taking, and the passion of a good woman is loving and giving.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford

In poetry:

Lord of all Life! When my hours are done,
Take me and make me anew--
And give me back to the earth and the sun,
And the sky's unlimited blue.
"A Pagan Prayer" by Virna Sheard
“It is fulfilled of precious spice,
Whereof I give the recipe;––
Take common dripping, stew in vice,
And serve with vertu; taste and see!
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman
Take them, O Death! and bear away
Whatever thou canst call thine own!
Thine image, stamped upon this clay,
Doth give thee that, but that alone!
"Suspiria" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
'Tis Christ alone saves guilty me,
And makes my right to life so free,
That in himself it stands alone:
Faith takes the right, but gives me none.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
True faith receives the offer'd good,
And promise seal'd with precious blood:
It gives no title to the bliss,
But takes th' intitling righteousness.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
A narrow compass, and yet there
Dwelt all that's good, and all that's fair;
Give me but what this ribbon bound,
Take all the rest the sun goes round.
"On A Girdle" by Edmund Waller

In news:

MONMOUTH — Give Kylie Kemp an inch and she'll take a goal.
Well these rappers this week seem to be delivering the lip service to other guys first Lil Wayne and now Mr Black & Yellow giving a Muahhhh kiss take a looksie.
So when a niece became pregnant and decided to give up her child, Ortiz offered to take her in.
People don't know that he's the singer and songwriter behind such Supertramp hits as "The Logical Song," "Dreamer," "Take the Long Way Home" and "Give a Little Bit.
I would like to take a moment to give props to Alan Jackson and The Zac Brown Band for being creative and brave by offering Country Radio two really good songs this year.
Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners , too.
Kardashian, Mason and Kardashian's mom, Kris Jenner, all swung by the Photo by Walgreens Father's Day Canvas Studio this week in Santa Monica to take fun photos to give to Disick as well as Jenner's hubby (and Mason 's grandpa), Bruce Jenner.
Give me a nerdy opportunity and I'll take it.
Jennifer James is working on taking that influence and redirecting it toward giving back.
Lt Clark Bearinger takes Lisa Landis and the Kids Cookie Break on a tour of the Lancaster City Police Department and gives us a crash course on what it takes to be a detective.
Next week Steve Jones will take a look at the tough schedule ahead for Penn State, and he will give his observations leading into the season.
Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe urged Congress on Monday to take a bold approach to reforming the US Postal Service and to give the ailing agency flexibility to overhaul operations and become profitable again.
The all new Early College Prep Academy is for seventh to ninth graders, and gives the students a chance to experience the college atmosphere and take classes that interest them.
Grants will fund activities that give Alaskans the tools they need to respond to at–risk teens and encourage Alaskans to work together on the issue and to take responsibility for preventing teen suicide.
In the latest give-and-take of the weeks-long wrestling match between infant and juvenile products manufacturer.

In science:

Let µ′′ be the measure on networks given by taking a fixed root, o, and choosing the marks as (ψ , ψ ′), where ψ gives a network with law µ, ψ ′ gives a network with law µ′ , and ψ , ψ ′ are independent.
Processes on Unimodular Random Networks
Then, we take both the quantum fields and space-time structure, that gives the space-time relationships between them, to be basic elements in what we call the Universal Mind or Universal Consciousness.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
Finally, they propose high level operators (J oin, Optional, etc.) that take set of mappings and give set of mappings, but currently they do not have formal definitions for them, stating only their types, i.e., the domain and codomain.
Semantics and Complexity of SPARQL
Taking G-orbits gives a map (h, f ) : G\S → EG ×G X . (We have (h, f )(s) = (h(s), f (s)) and (h, f )(gs) = (h(s)g−1 , gf (s)), and these are exactly the elements that are identified in the passage from EG × X to EG ×G X .) We have to check that G\S (with trivial G-action) is again in C .
Equivariant stratifold homology theories
Before continuing we take the opportunity to give a characterization of definable amenability (and the construction of an invariant Keisler measure on G from a suitable Grothendieck group of G).
Groups, measures, and the NIP