logrolling

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n logrolling rotating a log rapidly in the water (as a competitive sport)
    • n logrolling act of exchanging favors for mutual gain; especially trading of influence or votes among legislators to gain passage of certain projects
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Logrolling A combining or mutual agreement in which one politician supports or assists another in consideration of receiving assistance in return; wheeling and dealing; -- sometimes used of a disreputable mode of accomplishing political schemes or ends.
    • Logrolling (Logging) The act or process of rolling logs from the place where they were felled to the stream which floats them to the sawmill or to market. In this labor neighboring camps of loggers combine to assist each other in turn.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n logrolling A joining of forces for the purpose of handling logs: For rolling the logs into heaps for burning after the trees have been felled to clear the land. Sometimes many neighbors were invited to assist, and a merrymaking followed.
    • n logrolling Hence Mutual aid given by persons to one another in carrying out their several schemes or gaining their individual ends: used especially of politicians and legislators.
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Usage

In literature:

The Poet poses publicly, the Scribe Knows how to vaunt, to logroll, and to bribe.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 103, August 20, 1892" by Various
The state capital was moved to Springfield as a part of the give and take of logrolling.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
These appropriations are secured by what you call in America 'logrolling.
"The Land of the Kangaroo" by Thomas Wallace Knox
It matters that Mr Richard Le Gallienne should write under the name of 'Logroller,' for that is odd.
"A Novelist on Novels" by W. L. George
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In news:

The horse-trading, logrolling and back-scratching necessary to move the needle in the Senate are not among Corker 's favorite activities.
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