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horse trade

noun
1.
a shrewdly conducted exchange, as of favors or objects, usually resulting from or accompanied by very close bargaining.
2.
an exchanging or trading of horses.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, 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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  • If you horse-trade to get yourself a plum appointment, that's corruption.

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