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[hawrs-treyd] /ˈhɔrsˌtreɪd/
verb (used without object), horse-traded, horse-trading.
to bargain or trade shrewdly.
Origin of horse-trade
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30

horse trading

the act or fact of conducting a shrewd exchange or engaging in a horse trade; bargaining.
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If we put this deal over right we don't need to bother about horse-trading.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • Rome began as a thousand American cities have done, by being a convenient place for barter and horse-trading.

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik Van Loon
  • Jasper went out and into the dining-room conducted the horse-trading preacher.

    The Starbucks

    Opie Percival Read
  • The former make an open business of horse-trading, and the latter of public-dancing, singing, and fortune-telling.

  • They indulged in horse-trading and played politics to a certain extent, but the lines of demarcation were sharper.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • Children loved him, and he sneaked away from work to tell them improbable stories of sea-faring and horse-trading and bears.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for horse-trading

horse trading

hard bargaining to obtain equal concessions by both sides in a dispute
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Slang definitions & phrases for horse-trading



Negotiating reciprocal concessions and benefits, esp of a political sort: Vintage Washington politics as usual was not good enough anymore, that horse-trading, your bill for mine, was part of the old-time religion (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with horse-trading

horse trading

Negotiation marked by hard bargaining and shrewd exchange. For example, The restaurant owner is famous for his horse trading; he's just exchanged a month of free dinners for a month of free television commercials. This expression alludes to the notorious shrewdness ofhorse traders, who literally bought and sold horses. [ c. 1820 ]
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