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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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There's going to be some horsetrading, let's see how we go.
There is now a 14-day period of horsetrading in which party leaders can attempt to assemble a new Government and win a vote of confidence.
A great deal of horsetrading is expected ahead of the House plenary, which will also be voting on the insolvency framework, again linked to property foreclosures.
Wednesday's ceremony will be followed by weeks of coalition horsetrading as Netanyahu's potential partners battle for portfolios and prestige.
He said ECP would take action against the elements found involved in the horsetrading.
HYDERABAD -- Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government on Sunday rejected allegations of horsetrading during the Senate election, saying the PPP MPAs exercised their vote as per party decision.
We 18 lawmakers had our lunch together but five polled for PPP candidates by changing their loyalty" said Mehar, adding those involved in horsetrading would be exposed soon.
told the President that horsetrading is being encouraged in Bihar and that the governor is delaying a trust vote," Nitish Kumar said after meeting the President.
We will mainly discuss about the political uncertainty and horsetrading that is prevalent here must be stopped.
Beforehand, of course, there'll be plenty of intense negotiating, horsetrading and legal brinkmanship to complete, all the consequence of a two-day meeting of UEFA's grandlynamed Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) this week.
Although Afghanistan votes on April 5, a run-off and prolonged horsetrading could mean a government is not seated until August -- further reducing US planning time.
There's a lot of horsetrading going on and United have decided to be more discreet after the public (and failed) bids for Fabregas.
We need to study the detail, but horsetrading into the wee hours rarely produces a considered course of action - especially when a lobby group with a hatred of a free Press was permitted to dictate much of the final negotiations.
The final session of the Breeding Stock Sale brought the curtain down on another year's horsetrading at Tattersalls
is all too possible in October, as the BJP will sabotage the post monsoon season of Parliament irrespective of the coalition political horsetrading.