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ARGIE-BARGIE, ARGY-BARGY, n. and v. [′ɑrgi′bɑrgi + ′ɑrg′bɑrg]

1. n. A dispute in words, a quarrel, haggling, its use generally implying impatience with the speaker. Gen.Sc. Abd.(D) 1916 G. Abel Wylins fae my Wallet 35:
An' sae the argie-bargies rin; Tho' quaet yersel', ye roose some din.
Edb. 1900 E. H. Strain Elmslie's Drag-Net 25:
But in the midst o' the argie-bargie.
w.Dmf. 1917 J. L. Waugh Cute McCheyne, etc. (1929) 89:
The other [hand] gesticulating in front of Tom Reid in an argy-bargy over the amount of his charge.

2. v. To dispute, to haggle. Gen.Sc. Abd. 1928 Nan Shepherd The Quarry Wood 52:
He wad argy-bargy ye intil the middle o' the next week.
m.Sc. 1922 J. Buchan Huntingtower xiv.:
I'm ower wise to argy-bargy wi' women.
w.Dmf. 1910 J. L. Waugh Cracks wi' R. Doo 73:
Sittin' on the corner o' the table, he argy-bargied away, but a' to no purpose.
Slk. 1889 J. Brown in Blackw. Mag. CXLVI. 563:
Argy-bargy to the last, Ye'll find there's aye twa ways in't. The vbl.n. argie-bargiein', etc. = disputing, is also in common use.
Lnk. 1887 A. Wardrop Midcauther Fair 268:
Siccan an argie-bargiein' . . . you never heard the like o't.

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