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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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What we have gained from shameful horse trading in Senate polls?
She held that people will seek a reply from them and will reject them on the basis of corruption and further added that the ECP took notice of horse trading in Senate polls on the ruling party's petition.
Angry over horse trading in the Senate elections, particularly involvement of his party's MPAs in the practice, the PTI chairman had already hinted of taking action in this regard.
New Delhi[India], Aug 7 ( ANI ): The Janata Dal Party JD(U) on Monday advised the Congress Party that hiding its MLAs is not the way to give a strong response to Bharatiya Janata Party-led ruling government's horse trading.
It is good that the government seems to have realized that horse trading in senate elections is a serious issue that has done great disservice to the Parliament and political processes and needs to be addressed, he said.
Nariman, representing AAP, complained that "largescale horse trading was on", Justice Dattu asked in a lighter vein, "Why do we call this horse- trading?
Rival politicians are gearing up for horse trading to reach agreement over a compromise president after Parliament failed Wednesday to elect a new head of state in the first round of voting.
Commenting on options on Ban's table after prospective intensified talks and horse trading, Eroglu said that Ban would either opt for continued talks or he would take another position for a dead end in talks.
Gelber answers this question by drawing fresh connections between automobile sales and the manly, rough-and-tumble world of Gilded Age horse trading.
Hockensmith has the eye of an artist as expressed through a camera's lens with his full color images of gypsies, gypsy caravans, gypsy life, and a 60-mile, horse-drawn journey through English villages and misty moors, to engage in three centuries of horse trading and communal renewal traditions at the Appleby Fair.
This communication arguably tends to make the party-appointed arbitrators more partisan than they otherwise might be, and may lead to baby splitting and horse trading once the panelists get together to decide the case.
According to Lacasse, the parents, who are divorced, served as a front for their daughter's illegal horse trading, fielding complaints from animal advocates and neighbors concerned for the health of the starving horses.
Islamabad -- State Minister for Information Maryam Aurangzeb has termed Asif Zardari and Imran Khan as kings of horse trading.
ISLAMABAD -- State Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb on Saturday alleged that political rivals Imran Khan and Asif Zardari are engaged in horse trading in the upcoming polls for the Senate chairmanship.
Amid allegations of horse trading, several political parties have called for an investigation into the Senate polls.