- the act or fact of conducting a shrewd exchange or engaging in a horse trade; bargaining.
Origin of horse trading
- to bargain or trade shrewdly.
Origin of horse-trade
Related Words for horse tradinghandle, haggle, confer, debate, mediate, settle, consult, agree, arrange, sell, negotiate, trade, swap, squabble, barter, dicker, bargain, wrangle, quibble, concert
- hard bargaining to obtain equal concessions by both sides in a dispute
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]