- an advantageous purchase, especially one acquired at less than the usual cost: The sale offered bargains galore.
- an agreement between parties settling what each shall give and take or perform and receive in a transaction.
- such an agreement as affecting one of the parties: a losing bargain.
- something acquired by bargaining.
- Informal. an agreeable person, especially one who causes no trouble or difficulty (usually used in negative constructions): His boss is no bargain.
- to discuss the terms of a bargain; haggle; negotiate.
- to come to an agreement; make a bargain: We bargained on a three-year term.
- to arrange by bargain; negotiate: to bargain a new wage increase.
- to anticipate as likely to occur; expect (usually followed by a clause): I'll bargain that he's going to give those company directors plenty of trouble.
- bargain for, to anticipate or take into account: The job turned out to be more than he had bargained for.
- bargain on, to expect or anticipate; count or rely on: You can't bargain on what she'll do in this situation.
- in/into the bargain, over and above what has been stipulated; moreover; besides: The new housekeeper proved to be a fine cook in the bargain.
- strike a bargain, to make a bargain; agree to terms: They were unable to strike a bargain because the owner's asking price was more than the prospective buyer could afford.
Origin of bargain
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Examples from the Web for bargain
Well, because conservatives often get more than they bargain for.In Florida, ’Tis The Season for Satan
December 7, 2014
And Andorra is a tax haven with bargain luxury goods shopping and great ski slopes.Up to a Point: Thanks to the Biggest Turkey, Uncle Sam
P. J. O’Rourke
November 27, 2014
We are being conditioned to believe that in exchange for a bargain, we just have no right to expect comfort in return.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
The two dealers tried to bargain with Paul: he could take back 80 percent of his paintings, leaving the rest.My Grandfather's War: Recovering the Art the Nazis Stole
October 5, 2014
Instead, he was bargain hunting, trawling eBay for Picassos, Moreaus, and Dalis.Why eBay Is an Art Forger’s Paradise
August 19, 2014
And do women who sell themselves ever find any real pleasure in the bargain?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"I think you'd better call this bargain off, Mr. Porter," remonstrated Crane.
At any rate, Lauzanne belonged to Allis, and Crane would have to bargain with her.
"That's a bargain; and I'll teach Bill too," she added with native tact.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
I was not long in making a bargain with a fisherman to aid in catching shad.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- an agreement or contract establishing what each party will give, receive, or perform in a transaction between them
- something acquired or received in such an agreement
- something bought or offered at a low pricea bargain at an auction
- (as modifier)a bargain price
- into the bargain or US in the bargain in excess of what has been stipulated; besides
- make a bargain or strike a bargain to agree on terms
- (intr) to negotiate the terms of an agreement, transaction, etc
- (tr) to exchange, as in a bargain
- to arrive at (an agreement or settlement)
Word Origin and History for bargain
late 14c., from Old French bargaignier (12c., Modern French barguigner) "to haggle over the price," perhaps from Frankish *borganjan "to lend" or some other Germanic source, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *borgan (cf. Old High German borgen; Old English borgian, source of borrow). Another suggestion is that the French word comes from Late Latin barca "a barge," because it "carries goods to and fro." There are difficulties with both suggestions. Related: Bargained; bargaining.
mid-14c., "business transaction or agreement," also "that which is acquired by bargaining," from Old French bargaine, from bargaignier (see bargain (v.)). Meaning "article priced for special sale" is from 1899. A bargain basement (1899) originally was a basement floor in a store where bargains were displayed.