[give-and-take] {n. phr.} 1. A sharing; giving and receiving backand forth between people; a giving up by people on different sides ofpart of what each one wants so that they can agree.

Jimmy is tooselfish. He has no notion of give-and-take with the other children butwants everything for himself.

There has to be give-and-takebetween two countries before they can be friends.

Compare: LIVE ANDLET LIVE. 2. Friendly talking or argument back and forth. Friendlysharing of ideas which may not agree; also: an exchange of teasingremarks.

After the meeting there was a lot of give-and-take aboutplans for the dance.