quid pro quo ˌkwid-ˌprō-ˈkwō noun
: something for something; that which a party receives (or is promised) in return for something done, given or promised
The term quid pro quo has appeared in 376 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 2 in “Union Official Resigns Over Handling of Plácido Domingo Inquiry” by Michael Cooper:
An officer of the union representing American opera performers resigned on Monday, citing concerns that the union had kept details of its sexual harassment investigation of the opera star Plácido Domingo confidential as part of negotiations for a $500,000 settlement from him.
“This is a quid pro quo — silence in exchange for money,” Samuel Schultz, the fifth vice president of the union, the American Guild of Musical Artists, wrote in his resignation letter.