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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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Senator Tahir Bizinjo was of the view supremacy of the parliament should be kept supreme in a democratic set-up and horsetrading should be discouraged.
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Friday said Prime Minister Imran Khan had never supported horsetrading in the elections and no such incident was reported during the no-confidence move against the Senate chairman.
He refuted claims of horsetrading in Thursday's secret voting on a no-confidence motion against Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani.
She said Prime Minister Imran Khan has never supported horsetrading in the elections and no such incident was reported during the no-confidence move against the Senate chairman.
Will you call this horsetrading? Will you call this being a sell out?"
Leader of the Congress Legislature Party Siddaramaiah accused the BJP of indulging in horsetrading while Congress chief toruble shooter and minister DK Shivkumar said the rebel MLAs backstabbed the party and warned BJP that their turn would be next.
But critics said the lineup, announced after horsetrading for potentially lucrative ministerial portfolios, showed the military had failed to keep its promise to clean up politics.
I'm prepared to take this idea to Dragons' Den with my usual negotiating stance (PS500,000 minimum for a 1% stake, no horsetrading).
WITH the EU elections out of the way, the horsetrading over a host of top EU jobs, including who replaces Mario Draghi as president of the European Central Bank (ECB), will ratchet up.
Diokno also blasted the practice of horsetrading in government with lawmakers getting their "pet projects" into the budget in exchange for votes on key political issues such as the recently passed Charter Change and the third extension of martial law in Mindanao.
The two commissions on centrestate relations seemed to indicate a much longer timeframe than two days and they were not oblivious to the possibilities for horsetrading. They recognised that determining when to convene the house entailed discretion reserved to the governor.
Discussing the issue of horsetrading in the recently held Senate elections, Imran said that the decision to expel party members found guilty of selling votes in Senate elections was done on the basis of investigation done by PTI's internal committee.
Moreover, K-P chief minister Khattak said his party will take action against lawmakers who were involved in horsetrading in the Senate elections.
Direct election on the Senate seats, he said, was not a solution to curb the prevailing trend of horsetrading. The Senate would be become a photocopy of the National Assembly as parties winning majority through direct election would prevail in the House, he added.
This is the first indication that the election does not simply go according to party lines, but according to the will of MPAs, who are thus subjected to pressure as well as accusations of horsetrading. KP and Balochistan MPAs are notorious for electing mavericks, mainly because their votes count for more.