- 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
- 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 of logrollingFrom the early American practice of neighbors gathering to help clear land by rolling off and burning felled timber.
- The rolling of logs.
- A concerted effort to push forward mutually advantageous legislative agendas by combining two items, either or both of which might fail on its own, into a single bill that is more likely to pass.
- Mutual recommendation of friends' or colleagues' services or products, such as in book recommendations in literary reviews, etc.