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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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ARGLE-BARG(A)IN, AURGLE-BARGAIN, n. and v.

1. n. Disputatious argument.Edb. 1894 P. H. Hunter James Inwick 39:
C'wa, man — let's hae nae mair argle-bargin; sae “düne,” an' gie's your loof on't.

2. v. To dispute.Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems, Rise and Fall of Stocks ll. 131–132:
But 'tis a Daffin to debate, And aurgle-bargain with our Fate.
Slk. a.1835 Hogg Tales, etc. (1837) VI. 341:
I was down at the lines argle-bargaining about my father's kye.

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