the act or fact of conducting a shrewd exchange or engaging in a horse trade; bargaining.
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How to use horse trading in a sentence
Israeli politics will now devolve into a fierce period of horse-trading, double dealing, and speculation.
Tuesday night, as the committee vote on contempt came closer, there was an effort at some old-fashioned backroom horse-trading.Democrats, GOP Draw Lines in Eric Holder ‘Fast and Furious’ Contempt Battle | Patricia Murphy, Aram Roston | June 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The word "horse-trading" in politics is not meant to be understood literally after all.
Andrew Roberts on the horse-trading ahead—and the financial Armageddon to come.
The leadership may have to dangle choice committee assignments to complete the steal, and engage in other kinds of horse-trading.
High-priced stock is rare here, hence there is little horse-trading of the swindling variety, and no horse thieving.In the Land of Mosques & Minarets | Francis Miltoun
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
The preacher who led the meeting is saturated with tobacco and addicted to horse-trading and worldly foolish jesting.Birth of a Reformation | Andrew Byers
The former make an open business of horse-trading, and the latter of public-dancing, singing, and fortune-telling.Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia | Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for horse trading
hard bargaining to obtain equal concessions by both sides in a dispute
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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 of horse traders, who literally bought and sold horses. [c. 1820]
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