horse trade
noun Date: 1846 negotiation accompanied by shrewd bargaining and reciprocal concessions <
a political horse trade
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horse-trade intransitive verbhorse trader noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • horse trade — ☆ horse trade n. 1. an exchange of horses 2. any bargaining session marked by shrewd calculation by each side horse trade vi. horse traded, horse trading horse trader n …   English World dictionary

  • horse trade — horse′ trade n. 1) a shrewdly conducted exchange, as of favors or objects, usu. involving close bargaining 2) an exchanging or trading of horses • Etymology: 1840–50, amer. horse′ trade , v.i. trad•ed, trad•ing. horse′ trad er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • horse-trade — v. i. & t. to negotiate with much give and take. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • horse-trade — verb negotiate with much give and take • Derivationally related forms: ↑horse trading • Hypernyms: ↑negociate • Verb Frames: Somebody s Sam and Sue horse trade Sam wants to horse t …   Useful english dictionary

  • horse trade — noun the swapping of horses (accompanied by much bargaining) • Syn: ↑horse trading • Hypernyms: ↑barter, ↑swap, ↑swop, ↑trade * * * noun 1. : a swap of horses usually accompanied by …   Useful english dictionary

  • horse trade — {n.} 1. The sale of a horse or the exchange of two horses. * /It was a horse trade in which the owner of the worse animal gave a rifle to make the trade equal./ 2. {informal} A business agreement or bargain arrived at after hard and skillful… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • horse trade — {n.} 1. The sale of a horse or the exchange of two horses. * /It was a horse trade in which the owner of the worse animal gave a rifle to make the trade equal./ 2. {informal} A business agreement or bargain arrived at after hard and skillful… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • horse\ trade — noun 1. the sale of a horse or the exchange of two horses. It was a horse trade in which the owner of the worse animal gave a rifle to make the trade equal. 2. informal A business agreement or bargain arrived at after hard and skillful discussion …   Словарь американских идиом

  • horse-trade — intransitive verb see horse trade …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • horse-trade — /hawrs trayd /, v.i., horse traded, horse trading. to bargain or trade shrewdly. [1820 30, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

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