American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal A favorable remark that one has overheard about another person and offers to repeat to that person in exchange for a compliment overheard about oneself.
- n. a compliment that I heard about you that I offer to trade for a compliment you have heard about me
“The phrase trade-last, for one—meaning a kind of quid pro quo—I'll say something nice about you if you say something nice about me first—is found scattered throughout the country, especially among older speakers.”
“Um. Once at school one of the girls said she had a 'trade-last' for me, and after I had searched the closets of memory and dragged out that some one had said she had pretty eyes, dressed it up until this some one had called her ravishingly beautiful -- after all that conscientious dishonesty what does she tell me but that some one had said”
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