hard bargain


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a hard bargain

A tough negotiation that ultimately concludes in one's favor. Often used in the phrase "drive a hard bargain." Sal is known to drive a hard bargain, so I doubt you'll get that car for the price you want.
See also: bargain, hard

hard bargain

See also: bargain, hard
References in classic literature ?
So it came that I had to pawn my lands to the Priory of Emmet for more money, and a hard bargain they drove with me in my hour of need.
I feel free to borrow, for I know no man that should be more bound to aid me than one so high in that church that hath driven such a hard bargain." "Truly, Sir Knight," quoth Robin, "I do not understand those fine scruples that weigh with those of thy kind; but, nevertheless, it shall all be as thou dost wish.
It was a hard bargain, but one that Wade could afford to take up, for if the wheat were to freeze out, or if the grasshoppers should eat it, or the chinch bugs ruin it, or a hail storm beat it down into the mud, or if any of the many hatreds Stepmother Nature holds out toward those trusting souls who would squeeze a living from her hard hands--if any of these misfortunes should transpire, he would be out nothing but labor, and that was the one thing he and Martin could afford to risk.
I found it a hard bargain. But, hard as it was, I thought it better than the old mode of getting along.
It is the peculiar province, for instance, of a court of equity to relieve against what are called hard bargains: these are contracts in which, though there may have been no direct fraud or deceit, sufficient to invalidate them in a court of law, yet there may have been some undue and unconscionable advantage taken of the necessities or misfortunes of one of the parties, which a court of equity would not tolerate.
She had a turn for traffic, and a marked propensity for saving; shown not only in the vending of eggs and chickens, but also in driving hard bargains with the gardener about flower-roots, seeds, and slips of plants; that functionary having orders from Mrs.
It is only with great effort and hard bargain that people from these areas like Korkai, Kanyakumari are able to run their business.
A SLUMP in new car sales means buyers can drive a hard bargain.
United are known to drive a hard bargain when it comes to transfer fees and they have a very strict wage structure.
A TV source said: "Caroline drove a hard bargain and got it.
And now they are driving a hard bargain over Ramsey.
Zardari would drive a hard bargain, knowing how badly Khan wants the top job.
And he revealed the Blues drove a hard bargain with Sevilla over the move in January.
Ramirez intends to speak with Everton about turning his loan into a full-time transfer but reveals the Blues drove a hard bargain with Sevilla in January.
A source said: "ITV are desperate to get Peter on board but he drives a hard bargain.