quid pro quo (kwĭd prō kwō)
n. pl. quid pro quos also quids pro quo
Something that is given in return for something else or accepted as a reciprocal part of an exchange.
[Latin quid prō quō : quid, something + prō, for + quō, ablative of quid, something.]
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