horse trade


Definition of horse trade

: negotiation accompanied by shrewd bargaining and reciprocal concessions a political horse trade

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Other Words from horse trade

horse-trade \ ˈhȯrs-​ˌtrād How to pronounce horse trade (audio) \ intransitive verb
horse trader noun

Examples of horse trade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the early 1960s, the bistate agency took over what was then the struggling Hudson and Manhattan Railroad as part of a horse trade between New Jersey and New York that committed the Port to build the first World Trade Center. Paul Berger, WSJ, 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of horse trade

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Horse trade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of horse trade

: a clever and often secret agreement made by powerful people who are usually trying to get an advantage over others

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