[ lawg-roh-ling, log- ]
/ ˈlɔgˌroʊ lɪŋ, ˈlɒg- /


U.S. Politics. the exchange of support or favors, especially by legislators for mutual political gain as by voting for each other's bills.
cronyism or mutual favoritism among writers, editors, or critics, as in the form of reciprocal flattering reviews; back scratching.
the action of rolling a log or logs to a particular place.
the action of rotating a log rapidly in the water by treading upon it, especially as a competitive sport; birling.

Origin of logrolling

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; log1 + rolling

Definition for logrolling (2 of 2)


[ lawg-rohl, log- ]
/ ˈlɔgˌroʊl, ˈlɒg- /
U.S. Politics.

verb (used with object)

to procure the passage of (a bill) by logrolling.

verb (used without object)

to engage in political logrolling.

Origin of logroll

1825–35, Americanism; back formation from logrolling

Related forms

log·roll·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for logrolling (1 of 2)


/ (ˈlɒɡˌrəʊlɪŋ) /


US the practice of undemocratic agreements between politicians involving mutual favours, the trading of votes, etc
another name for birlingSee birl 1

British Dictionary definitions for logrolling (2 of 2)


/ (ˈlɒɡˌrəʊl) /


mainly US to use logrolling in order to procure the passage of (legislation)

Derived Forms

logroller, noun
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Culture definitions for logrolling


In politics, advance agreement by legislators to vote for one another's bills. Logrolling is most common when legislators are trying to secure votes for bills that will benefit their home districts. For example, a group of congressmen from the Middle West pushing for higher dairy prices and a group of southern congressmen supporting higher tobacco prices might make a logrolling agreement in order to get both bills passed.

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