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Drive a Hard Bargain - Idiom

Video Overview

'Drive a hard bargain' means to negotiate in a forceful way or demand the best terms for yourself when making an arrangement or deal, especially with regards to the price of something. This video explains the meaning and use of the idiom 'drive a hard bargain' in English. We explain how to use it with some easy examples to help you learn this idiom so you can use it in spoken and Business English.

Video Analysis

This idiom means to negotiate in a forceful way or demand the best terms for yourself when making an arrangement or deal, especially with regards to 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 reaching an agreement, 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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