tumultuous give-and-take


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Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect

A celebrated legal case, in 1734–1735, involved John Peter Zenger, a newspaper printer. Significantly, the case arose in New York, reflecting the tumultuous give-and-take of politics in the middle colonies, where so many different ethnic groups jostled against one another.

The American Pageant by Thomas A. Bailey

How can I interpret “the tumultuous give-and-take”?
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    tumultuous = bustling, disorderly
    give and take = toing and froing / interaction and compromise (between the various ethnic groups)
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