log·​roll·​ing | \ ˈlȯg-ˌrō-liŋ How to pronounce logrolling (audio) , 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

Examples of logrolling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While old-fashioned logrolling and interest-group politics has actually improved the original proposal already, further improvements will require serious attention to the nature of the research culture involved. Yuval Levin, National Review, 17 May 2021 Petitioners shouldn’t bundle unrelated issues together, a practice derisively known as logrolling. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Nov. 2019 Incarnate Word sophomore Ameer King hates the Cardinals’ logrolling drill. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, 21 Aug. 2019 This is political logrolling disguised as public necessity. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2019 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, 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, 21 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of logrolling

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Logrolling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logrolling. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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log·​roll·​ing | \ ˈlȯg-ˌrō-liŋ, ˈläg- How to pronounce logrolling (audio) \

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

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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