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

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


[ˈhɔːsˌtreɪdɪŋ] nmercanteggiamento
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Simpson spent little time with his family, owing to certain awkward methods of horse-trading, or the "swapping" of farm implements and vehicles of various kinds,-- operations in which his customers were never long suited.
As extra man at the biggest livery stable, Billy's spare time was so great that he drifted into horse-trading.
THE squalid horse-trading over David Beckham's future is everything you would expect from a sport that long ago sold its soul to the Devil.
That set the stage for a new round of horse-trading over government posts and policies in the days ahead.
His horse-trading father never sent him to school, but he certainly taught him the art of buying and selling.
Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan on Tuesday welcomed the government's move to hold the forthcoming Senate elections through a show of hands to prevent horse-trading.
New Delhi, July 16 ( ANI ): A day after m dmi Party (P) chief Arvind Kejriwal had accused the BJP of indulging in horse-trading to form the government in Delhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday said Kejriwal should get himself checked up mentally.
The public representatives who are entrusted to cast their votes fairly and independently for Senate once again employ all means of horse-trading to maximize their benefits, Saif said.
If PPP loses majority in Punjab, he added, it would prefer to sit on opposition benches instead of resorting to horse trading to gain majority, asserting, "We are totally against change of heart or horse-trading.
The horrific scenes were uncovered in January by RSPCA inspectors at the Gray family's horse-trading business at Spindle Farm in Amer-sham, Bucks.
The job was awarded the 66year-old Dutch central banker after fierce political horse-trading that saw Paris grant its backing only after what it called a ``gentleman's agreement'' that he would stand down after four years in favour of a Frenchman.
At issue is a political scandal as tangled as Watergate - a case of back-room horse-trading that might sound comparatively mild by the standards of American politics.