logrolling definition by Webster's New World
- the act of rolling logs, as when a group of neighbors help to clear off land by rolling logs into some spot for burning, etc.
- a giving of help, praise, etc. in return for help, praise, etc.
- Politics mutual aid among politicians, as by reciprocal voting for each other's bills
logrolling definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The exchanging of political favors, especially the trading of influence or votes among legislators to achieve passage of projects that are of interest to one another.
- The exchanging of favors or praise, as among artists, critics, or academics.
- See birling.
Origin: From the early American practice of neighbors gathering to help clear land by rolling off and burning felled timber.
logrolling - Cultural Definition
In politics, advance agreement by legislators to vote for one another's bills. Logrolling is most common when legislators are trying to secure votes for bills that will benefit their home districts. For example, a group of congressmen from the Middle West pushing for higher dairy prices and a group of southern congressmen supporting higher tobacco prices might make a logrolling agreement in order to get both bills passed.