English version

drive/strike a hard bargain

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdrive/strike a hard bargaindrive/strike a hard bargainto demand a lot or refuse to give too much when you are making an agreement The company is believed to have struck a hard bargain. hard
Examples from the Corpus
drive/strike a hard bargainDon't become despondent just because it seems that your employer is keen to drive a hard bargain.It could also be that Reilly, who has never knowingly sold himself short, is driving a hard bargain.So he was right to drive a hard bargain.The farmer had grown used to billeting troops and drove a hard bargain.
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