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Give-and-take   /gɪv-ənd-teɪk/   Listen

An exchange of views on some topic.  Synonyms: discussion, word.  "We had a word or two about it"
Light teasing repartee.  Synonyms: backchat, banter, raillery.
Mutual interaction; the activity of reciprocating or exchanging (especially information).  Synonyms: interchange, reciprocation.

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"Give-and-take" Quotes from Famous Books

... training. She knew all the inconveniences and anxieties of an insufficient and variable income. But she also knew the unselfishness, the affectionate give-and-take of a big family. She knew what miracles the loving patience of her mother daily performed. She knew the selflessness of her father, which kept him at the treadmill of his profession that his children might have ...
— The Cricket • Marjorie Cooke

... he could cut behind the wicket in Caesar's faultless style, Desmond, on the other hand, spoke enviously of the Medal, or the Essay, or some other of John's successes. John spoke often and well in the Debating Society, getting up his subjects with intelligence and care. So it was give-and-take between them, and this adjusted the balance of their friendship, and without this no friendship ...
— The Hill - A Romance of Friendship • Horace Annesley Vachell

... may be, there is usually a smack of ecclesiasticism in the ordinary give-and-take of conversation. I cannot illustrate this better than by giving the Lewis man's reply to an enquiry as to how his wooden leg was behaving. The enquirer was a newly-elected United Free elder, while he of the timber ...
— Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland • Daniel Turner Holmes

... consequence his practice of "comical satire." Though Jonson was cited to appear before the Lord Chief Justice to answer certain charges to the effect that he had attacked lawyers and soldiers in "Poetaster," nothing came of this complaint. It may be suspected that much of this furious clatter and give-and-take was pure playing to the gallery. The town was agog with the strife, and on no less an authority than Shakespeare ("Hamlet," ii. 2), we learn that the children's company (acting the plays of Jonson) did "so berattle the common stages...that many, ...
— Epicoene - Or, The Silent Woman • Ben Jonson

... of her presence in the family that she had been packed off early to school, "to find her level among other girls, and leave a little peace at home", as Aunt Vera expressed it. "Finding one's level" is generally rather a stormy process; so, after four years of give-and-take at Hilton House, Marjorie was, on the whole, not at all sorry to leave, and transfer her energies to another sphere. She meant well, but she was always cock-sure that she was right, and though this line of action may serve ...
— A Patriotic Schoolgirl • Angela Brazil

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