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logrolling

[lawg-roh-ling, log-] /ˈlɔgˌroʊ lɪŋ, ˈlɒg-/
noun
1.
U.S. Politics. the exchange of support or favors, especially by legislators for mutual political gain as by voting for each other's bills.
2.
cronyism or mutual favoritism among writers, editors, or critics, as in the form of reciprocal flattering reviews; back scratching.
3.
the action of rolling, logs to a particular place.
4.
the action of rotating a log rapidly in the water by treading upon it, especially as a competitive sport; birling.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95, Americanism; log1 + rolling

logroll

[lawg-rohl, log-] /ˈlɔgˌroʊl, ˈlɒg-/
verb (used with object)
1.
to procure the passage of (a bill) by logrolling.
verb (used without object)
2.
to engage in political logrolling.
Origin
1825-35, Americanism; back formation from logrolling
Related forms
logroller, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for log rolling

logroll

/ˈlɒɡˌrəʊl/
verb
1.
(mainly US) to use logrolling in order to procure the passage of (legislation)
Derived Forms
logroller, noun

logrolling

/ˈlɒɡˌrəʊlɪŋ/
noun
1.
(US) the practice of undemocratic agreements between politicians involving mutual favours, the trading of votes, etc
2.
another name for birling See birl1
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Word Origin and History for log rolling
logrolling
in the legislative vote-trading sense, 1823, Amer.Eng., from the notion of neighbors on the frontier helping one another with the heavy work of clearing land and building cabins (as in phrase you roll my log and I'll roll yours); see log (n.) + roll (v.).
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log rolling in Culture

logrolling definition


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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Slang definitions & phrases for log rolling

logrolling

noun

The congressional practice of canny reciprocal assistance in getting votes: Thus, when members of Congress find themselves not able to secure the passage of a measure of purely local interest, they are apt to resort to logrolling

[1823+; said to be based on a proverbial phrase, ''You roll my log and I'll roll yours'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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