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horse trading

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


[hawrs-treyd] /ˈhɔrsˌtreɪd/
verb (used without object), horse-traded, horse-trading.
to bargain or trade shrewdly.
1820-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for horse trading
Historical Examples
  • But in the matter of horse trading she found that she had no influence whatever.

    The Hills of Desire Richard Aumerle Maher
  • That manner of horse trading is not to be condoned in the slightest degree.

    Nan of the Gypsies Grace May North
  • I took another course in horse trading or mule trading, which almost came to be my undoing.

    The Conquest Oscar Micheaux
  • I had very poor success that summer in my new enterprise, horse trading.

    A Texas Cow Boy Chas. A. Siringo
British Dictionary definitions for horse trading

horse trading

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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