a 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
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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.
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.
Stretford and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy both have reputations for striking hard bargains and it remains to be seen what length of contract 65-year-old Redknapp will be offered.
China drives hard bargains. Boeing and one of its heritage companies, McDonnell Douglas, sowed to the wind and reaped the whirlwind when it inked deals with the Red Chinese that required technology transfers from us to them and that mandated certain portions of planes they "bought" from us be built in China.
Meanwhile, interim pre-tax profits went into a spin at airports operator TBI as budget airlines drove hard bargains and big carriers cut flights.
Today's license negotiations are hard bargains; discounts depend heavily on the size of the sale, and market-leading software companies feel little incentive to lower their prices or make concessions on the terms of their licenses.
Accustomed to making deals and driving hard bargains from his time as a representative of Maryland's 7th Congressional District, Mfume was the only man with the clout and political connections to even contemplate taking on the networks, observers believe.
Bush drove a series of hard bargains, and as a result, Palazchenko says: "At some point in 1991 the perception of 'Gorbachev making all the concessions' became a negative factor for him domestically?'
But with outside influence, Fergie fears the youngsters will be advised to drive hard bargains and not accept United's first offer.