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horse trading

noun
1.
the act or fact of conducting a shrewd exchange or engaging in a horse trade; bargaining.
Origin of horse trading
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism

horse-trade

[hawrs-treyd] /ˈhɔrsˌtreɪd/
verb (used without object), horse-traded, horse-trading.
1.
to bargain or trade shrewdly.
Origin
1820-30, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for horse trading

horse trading

noun
1.
hard bargaining to obtain equal concessions by both sides in a dispute
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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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