drive a hard bargain

Be severe in negotiating a transaction, make an agreement to one's advantage. For example, It's more than I planned to pay, but you drive a hard bargain. This expression, first recorded in 1836, uses the verb drive in the sense of “forcefully carry through.”


Nearby words

  1. dript,
  2. drisheen,
  3. drivability,
  4. drivage,
  5. drive,
  6. drive a nail into one's coffin,
  7. drive at,
  8. drive home,
  9. drive screw,
  10. drive shaft

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