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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.
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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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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On Monday, the former cricketer had come under severe criticism of social media users after he leveled horse trading allegations on the winning candidates of the July 25 polls.
Even if horse trading is proved againstcertain MPAs, it is highly doubtful that the ECP will be able to move against them since there is no law barring politicalparties to seek support from members of other political partiesandthey have not violated any clause of the constitution by voting for the member of an opposing party.The only way that the ECP can act is if the use of money can somehow be proved against the MPAs.
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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.
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ISLAMABAD -- Special Assistant to the prime minister, Barrister Zafarullah Khan Monday said Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan's slogan of Naya Pakistan, exposed as his party MPAs were found involved in horse trading.
PESHAWAR:Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak Sunday said that action would be taken against 14 PTIs MPA who were involved in horse trading during Senate election.He said this during a press conference here at the CM House.
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Islamabad -- Newly elected Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani has said that senate elections were most transparent elections of senate history, there was no 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.