log rolling


[lawg-roh-ling, log-]
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, 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.

1785–95, Americanism; log1 + rolling

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[lawg-rohl, log-] 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.

1825–35, Americanism; back formation from logrolling

logroller, noun
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logroll (ˈlɒɡˌrəʊl)
chiefly (US) to use logrolling in order to procure the passage of (legislation)

logrolling (ˈlɒɡˌrəʊlɪŋ)
1.  (US) the practice of undemocratic agreements between politicians involving mutual favours, the trading of votes, etc
2.  See birl another name for birling

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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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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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