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Two lumberjacks engaging in logrolling (sense 1.2) in the Pine River during Scheer’s Lumberjack Show in Minnesota, USA


log + rolling, the figurative senses from the practice of neighbors helping each other do heavy work such as rolling logs in connection with clearing land and building.



logrolling ‎(countable and uncountable, plural logrollings)

  1. (countable, US) The rolling of logs from one place to another; an occasion when people meet to help each other roll logs.
    1. (uncountable, US, lumberjacking) The act of balancing on a log floating on a river to guide it downstream, often involving rolling it using one's feet; birling.
    2. (uncountable, US, sports) A sport in which two people balance on a log floating in a body of water, each one aiming to cause the opponent to fall off by rolling or kicking the log.
  2. (uncountable, US, politics, figuratively) 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.
  3. (uncountable, US, figuratively) Mutual recommendation of friends' or colleagues' services or products, such as book recommendations in literary reviews.

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  1. present participle of logroll.

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