horse-trade

[ hawrs-treyd ]
/ ˈhɔrsˌtreɪd /

verb (used without object), horse-trad·ed, horse-trad·ing.

to bargain or trade shrewdly.

Origin of horse-trade

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30

Definition for horse-trading (2 of 2)

horse trading


noun

the act or fact of conducting a shrewd exchange or engaging in a horse trade; bargaining.

Origin of horse trading

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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British Dictionary definitions for horse-trading

horse trading


noun

hard bargaining to obtain equal concessions by both sides in a dispute
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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 of horse traders, who literally bought and sold horses. [c. 1820]

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