log·roll·ing | \ˈlȯg-ˌrō-liŋ, ˈläg-\

Definition of logrolling 

1 [ from a former American custom of neighbors assisting one another in rolling logs into a pile for burning ] : the exchanging of assistance or favors specifically : the trading of votes by legislators to secure favorable action on projects of interest to each one

2 : the rolling of logs in water by treading also : a sport in which contestants treading logs try to dislodge one another

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But hey, everybody hates taxes, and why should this industry be cut out of the logrolling big barbecue of a bill that is largely based on the idea that tax cuts pay for themselves? Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Tax Bill Will Make It Easier to Drown Your Sorrows Over the Tax Bill," 21 Dec. 2017 Trump, of course, has not helped in the way a standard president would—bringing lawmakers along, participating in logrolling and horse-trading, using his own expertise to find the right formulas. Norm Ornstein, The Atlantic, "The Other Devil's Bargain," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of logrolling

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for logrolling

from the former American custom of neighbors assisting one another in rolling logs into a pile for burning

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The first known use of logrolling was in 1812

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log·roll·ing | \ˈlȯg-ˌrō-liŋ, ˈläg- \

Legal Definition of logrolling 

: the practice of including in a legislative bill unrelated provisions to attract a wider base of support and insure passage of the bill as a whole

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evasion of direct action or statement

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