verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- barf bag,
- bargain away,
- bargain basement,
- bargain bin,
- bargain counter,
- bargain for
Origin of bargain
Examples from the Web for bargain
Well, because conservatives often get more than they bargain for.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Clive Irving|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Anne Sinclair|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, he was bargain hunting, trawling eBay for Picassos, Moreaus, and Dalis.
He believes that when the Bishop sees himself about to lose the estate, he too will show himself ready for a bargain.Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning|Robert Browning
But it chances that I can have a word to say about the bargain, too.Marietta|F. Marion Crawford
Gazebee had got a bargain of the dinner-table and sideboard.The Small House at Allington|Anthony Trollope
Then I offered you a bargain—and I see now that you despised me as a huckster!Elizabeth's Campaign|Mrs. Humphrey Ward
If you come in about four, I'll give you a cup of tea into the bargain.The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns|Arnold Bennett
- something bought or offered at a low pricea bargain at an auction
- (as modifier)a bargain price
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with bargain
- bargain for
- drive a bargain
- into the bargain
- make the best of it (a bad bargain)
- more than one bargained for
- strike a bargain