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horse trading

Negotiation, trading, or bargaining conducted in or characterized by a shrewd, judicious manner. Primarily heard in US. You'll have to excuse my cousin, he has no patience for horse trading ever since he started working on Wall Street.
See also: horse, trade

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]
See also: horse, trade
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Originally horse traders from West Asia,they migrated to India when Muslim kings ruled over the Deccan Plateau.
Now Judge Marrinan has made it a certainty no other animal will ever suffer at the hands of the father and son horse traders.
The RSPCA believe Price, the director of lucrative horse trading business Glamorgan Horse Traders, owns about 2,500 horses around the country.
The RSPCA believes Price, the director of lucrative horse trading business Glamorgan Horse Traders, r owns around 2,500 horses around the count rt y.
HORSE traders, by their nature, are glass half full people.
Geller's case would be stronger if he had given more examples of horse traders becoming car dealers.
The housemaid lived among the rag-tag settlement of horse traders from Virginia that had recently set up camp on the far side of the Eel River, but Ernest didn't hold that against her.
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Over the next seven months, Conor placed his savings in the hands of camel dealers in Khartoum, horse traders from Uzbekistan, jade merchants from China and coffee sellers from South Africa.
I think we've proven to be pretty good horse traders so far, and shareholders can be assured that any acquisitions will add value to the Company, rather than diluting it.
Knowing the animals can always be sold at a profit for meat enables horse traders to buy them and first shop around elsewhere for higher bidders.
And that in turn will hit the horse traders, saddlers and kennels.
Other sources are horse traders, auctions, or breeding farms.
The Irish Travellers were horse traders, travelling from Kerry to Yorkshire and beyond, season to season.