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barter away

To swap or trade something, often for an item of lesser value. I can't believe you bartered away your car in exchange for a few old records.
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barter for

To swap or trade items with another person, rather than exchanging money. A noun or pronoun can be used between "barter" and "for." I bartered some old records for a futon, so now I have a place to sleep, at least. I'm going to try to barter for that antique chair. Should I offer my Tiffany lamp?
See also: barter, for

barter off

To relinquish ownership of an item by trading it to another person. A noun or pronoun can be used between "barter" and "off." I didn't need that old piece of junk, so I bartered it off. I can't believe you bartered off your car in exchange for a few old records.
See also: barter, off

barter over (something)

To engage in a trade or exchange for something, rather than paying for it with money. After bartering over the antique sofa, he agreed to let me have it in exchange for my vinyl collection. Please don't barter over the things in your lunchbox with the kids at school. Just eat what I pack for you!
See also: barter, over

barter with

To swap or trade items with another person, rather than exchanging money. I bartered with some guy at the flea market for a futon, so now I have a place to sleep, at least. I don't have any cash right now—will you barter with me?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

barter for something

 and barter over something
to trade [something] for something else; to acquire something by exchanging goods or services, not by using money. I want to barter for a large amount of cloth. Will you barter for this month's rent? We will not barter over what you owe us.
See also: barter, for

barter something away

to trade something away; to lose something of value in a trade. Don't barter my car away! Don't barter away anything of such high value.
See also: away, barter

barter (something) for (something else)

to trade something for something else. He sought to barter the car for a large computer. She bartered the piano for a settee.
See also: barter, for

barter something off

to get rid of something by trading it for something else. See if you can barter that old desk off. She bartered off the used bookshelf.
See also: barter, off

barter with someone

to enter into trading with someone without using money; to bargain with someone. Are you willing to barter with me, or is this strictly a cash transaction?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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