Definition of trade something off in US English:

trade something off

phrasal verb

  • Exchange something of value, especially as part of a compromise.

    ‘the government traded off economic advantages for political gains’
    • ‘They come and they take the pins that I get because I'm smart enough to get more than one of each country so I can trade them off.’
    • ‘Traumatised employees and relatively small financial losses are traded off against the greater expense of added security and extended care for staff.’
    • ‘What perhaps is more important are the abstruse figures, the figures that show that working conditions were traded off to earn the actual monetary income.’
    • ‘I played the game for about a week before trading it off for something more to my liking.’
    • ‘I traded it off for a 4 inch gun and I wish I had it back.’
    • ‘Who would disagree that understanding risks in order to trade them off against potential benefits is a prerequisite for citizens or patients who need to make health decisions?’
    • ‘But there is no way of ranking these many goods or trading them off against one another, so there is not always, all things considered, a best thing to do.’
    • ‘Years ago I had one of these, a short-shroud variation, and foolishly traded it off.’
    • ‘Once I grew my eyebrows back and my sight and hearing started to return, I promptly traded it off for a beat-up 1918 production Government model.’
    • ‘He soon found for his use the recoil was excessive and the gun too heavy to carry comfortably all day, so he traded it off for another 4-inch barreled .44 Special.’