horse trade

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Negotiation characterized by hard bargaining and shrewd exchange: political horse-trading.

horse trade n.
horse′-trade′ v.
horse trader n.

horse′ trade`

1. a shrewdly conducted exchange, as of favors or objects, usu. involving close bargaining.
2. an exchanging or trading of horses.
[1840–50, Amer.]
horse′-trade`, v.i. -trad•ed, -trad•ing.
horse′-trad`er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: trade - the swapping of horses (accompanied by much bargaining)
barter, swap, swop, trade - an equal exchange; "we had no money so we had to live by barter"
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When you hear horse enthusiasts, racers and breeders arguing that slaughter is a better option than other "disposal" methods for when their equine charges are old and tired, it becomes evident that the horse trade is yet another human enterprise driven by profits and with no good answer for what to do when its "product" has outlived its usefulness.
In the Old West, horse trades were settled with a handshake and a man's word.