- to bargain or trade shrewdly.
Origin of horse-trade
An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
- a shrewdly conducted exchange, as of favors or objects, usually resulting from or accompanied by very close bargaining.
- an exchanging or trading of horses.
Origin of horse trade
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for horse-trade
He would express a willingness to horse-trade with every member.How Lyndon Would Have Passed Health-Care Reform
August 22, 2009
Truth, it seemed, might be absent or present in a horse-trade, but mystery was essential.Buying a Horse
William Dean Howells
I took time to explain how I had made a raise, and about the horse-trade.Twenty Years of Hus'ling
J. P. Johnston
I can get a margin off most any man in the West on a horse-trade, but I'd look shy about doing a trade with him.The World For Sale, Complete
They both remembered that Hennard was close by at the time of the quarrel over the Horse-trade.Two Little Savages
Ernest Thompson Seton
For there, it is said, no boy is permitted to leave home on a horse enterprise until he has cheated his father in a horse-trade.The Memories of Fifty Years
William H. Sparks