horse trade


Definition of horse trade

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

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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, "PATH Train Completes Crucial Safety Upgrade Before Deadline," 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 13 May. 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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