logrolling [lawg-roh-ling, log-]
1. U.S. Politics. the exchange of support or favors, especially by legislators for mutual political gain as by voting for each other's bills.
2. cronyism or mutual favoritism among writers, editors, or critics, as in the form of reciprocal flattering reviews; back scratching.
3. the action of rolling a log or logs to a particular place.
4. the action of rotating a log rapidly in the water by treading upon it, especially as a competitive sport; birling.
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Origin: An Americanism dating back to 1785-95; log + rolling
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