American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The practice of compromise.
- n. Lively exchange of ideas or conversation: "the raucous give and take of American democracy” ( Charles Kuralt).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- 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.
- n. The settling of differences through compromise and mutual concessions.
- n. A lively exchange of conversation.
- n. light teasing repartee
- n. an exchange of views on some topic
- n. mutual interaction; the activity of reciprocating or exchanging (especially information)
“In the same way that the Supreme Court benefits from the give-and-take of circuit splits, circuit courts are better able to appreciate the need for them to issue a precedential opinion when the district courts are in open disagreement.”
“Our system denies district judges the power to create precedent not because they are somehow unqualified to do so as individuals but because a single judge sitting alone is not subjected to the give-and-take among colleagues and the need to secure majority support that prevents an appellate judge from being a law unto herself.”
“Besides, who, in normal conversational give-and-take, has time to "stop and think"?”
“Individual justices monitor what their colleagues are doing, collaborating to varying degrees on the language and scope of opinions, negotiating and engaging in a give-and-take.”
“Jamal Khalifa also noticed that his close friend, who had once enjoyed the give-and-take of a real discussion, would now no longer tolerate disagreement with his own views.”
“But I can assure that the owners are willing to have a give-and-take and I believe the players are willing to have a give-and-take to find solutions that work.”
“In a negotiation, there's give-and-take, and that's how you get to an agreement that makes the game better.”
“It doesn't pay us any service to sit here and talk about where the give-and-take -- we are not going to negotiate this at a press conference.”
“Martin Wolf of the Financial Times once told me that the self-interested, strategic economic behaviors of other major economic stakeholders in the international system required a "patsy" -- someone who would believe in the "just-in-time" security of give-and-take trade and give-and-take finance and jobs, even when its competitors didn't.”
“The New York Times recently printed an editorial saying it hoped he would break his record and re-enter the give-and-take.”
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