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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • n. a compliment offered to be repeated in exchange for another

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a compliment that I heard about you that I offer to trade for a compliment you have heard about me

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Examples

  • 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.

    languagehat.com: ALASKAN TRADE.

  • 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

    The Visioning

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