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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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State minister Marriyum Aurangzeb branded political opponents of the ruling party known horse traders and said that it did not suit politicians with questionable past in this regard to level same allegations.
ISLAMABAD -- Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage while talking to media persons outside Accountability Court here Monday said that known horse traders are leveling baseless allegations of horse trading against PML-N.
Lambasting the opposition parties, she said that what happened in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was not hidden from anyone, and those alleging the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of horse trading have turned out as the biggest horse traders.
Charlie and Billy are traveling horse traders who arrive in Richfield, Tennessee, a fictional town just north of Nashville.
Originally horse traders from West Asia,they migrated to India when Muslim kings ruled over the Deccan Plateau.
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.
Rather, the aggressive practices introduced by calculating horse traders lived on in the car dealerships that replaced them.
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.
From horse traders to worm hunters, mailmen who carry a tune to sharecroppers who put their families through college, On the Road with Charles Kuralt reveals up close and personal portraits of salt-of-the-earth Americans with unique talents, aspirations, and dreams.
Because of the difficulties of dealing with horse traders when Miles left Africa in 1986 he entrusted his horse Sa'a to the chief of Yekuwa until his next return.
Conscious, perhaps, that a profit-driven narrative might not be what the world is agog for at the moment, he insists on a purer underlying motive: 'Without trade, we would know nothing of the world beyond our own front door' So after a test run in a Moroccan souk, where he buys and resells a carpet in an afternoon, he's off, initially with mixed results: his camel trading proves unsuccessful and he's taken to the cleaners by horse traders in Kyrgyzstan, but things pick up along the way, even if every trade turns out to have hidden difficulties.
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.
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.