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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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HAGGLE-BARGAIN, n., v, Also hagil-haggle-baggle, -bargle.

I. n. 1. A person who has difficulty in coming to terms over a bargain (Rxb. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry, Gl., hagil-bargain, 1923 Watson W.-B., haggle-); 2. A dispute, prolonged bargaining (Sc. 1818 Sawers, haggle-bargle).

II. v. To argue, wrangle over the price of anything (Ags. 1956).em.Sc. 1898 H. Rogers Meggotsbrae 210:
He maun keep her . . . yonder haggle-bagglin' to get a bawbee aff his haddie.
Sc. 1929 Sc. Observer (31 Oct.) 16:
They haggle-baggled ower the price.

[Haggle, v., n.1 + Eng. bargain, which became corrupted to bargle, baggle for reduplication. See also Argle-barg(a)in, Argle-bargle; Hargle-bargle.]

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