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noun, plural ar·gy-bar·gies. Chiefly British.
  1. a vigorous discussion or dispute.
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Origin of argy-bargy

First recorded in 1595–1605; see origin at argle-bargle
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British Dictionary definitions for argy-bargy



noun plural -bargies
  1. British informal a wrangling argument or verbal disputeAlso called: argle-bargle
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Word Origin

C19: from Scottish, compound based on dialect argle, probably from argue
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