drive a hard bargain


1. deal or negotiate strongly or passionately






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you drive a hard bargain!

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This idiom means to negotiate in a forceful way or demand the best terms for yourself when arranging or making a deal, especially regarding the price of something. Somebody who 'drives a hard bargain' can be difficult to deal with, but the term is usually used in a positive sense. It takes skill to make an arrangement as favourable to yourself as possible without ruining the chances of agreeing and shows that the person in question is somebody who knows what they want and is willing to work or fight hard to get it. While this expression can be used in certain social contexts, it is more common in a professional one. Phrases with a similar meaning include 'stand your ground,' and 'beat somebody down.'

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  1. I ended up paying a little more than I'd hoped for my car. The salesman drove a hard bargain.
  2. It was a hard bargain but I got the seller to agree to a discount on the furniture I was buying.

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  1. The negotiations were finally over and as they shook hands, one of the men said, You drive a hard bargain.
  2. That company is notorious for driving a hard bargain so I need you to go in very well prepared to negotiate hard.

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