quid pro quo -> something for something, a favour or advantage granted in return for something, something given or received for something else


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quid pro quo -> what for what

Commonly used in English, it is also translated as "this for that" or "a thing for a thing". Signifies a favor exchanged for a favor. The traditional latin expression for this meaning was do ut des ("I give, so that you may give").

Wikipedia—List of Latin phrases
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Sometimes (as here with the Wikipedia citation) quid is misinterpreted as the interrogative pronoun, instead of the indefinite pronoun.  See Lewis & Short's Latin Dictionary:
quis 2
quis, quid,
pron. indef.
As subst.
Alone, any one, any body, any thing; some one, somebody, something: aperite, heus! Simoni me adesse, quis nunciate, Plaut. Ps. 5, 1, 37: simplicior quis, et est, etc., Hor. S. 1, 3, 63: quantum quis damni professus erat, Tac. A. 2, 26: quanto quis clarior, id. H. 3, 58: injuriam cui facere, Cic. Fin. 3, 21, 71.


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