Idioms

    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

1300–50; (v.) Middle English bargaynen < Anglo-French, Old French bargai(g)ner, probably < Frankish *borganjan, extended form of Germanic *borgan (compare Old High German bor(a)gēn to look after, Middle High German, German borgen to lend, borrow); (noun) Middle English bargayn < Anglo-French, Old French bargai(g)ne, bargain, noun derivative of the v.; o > a in 1st syllable is unexplained

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Synonym study

2. See agreement. 6. See trade.
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British Dictionary definitions for bargain for (1 of 2)

bargain for


verb

(intr, preposition) to expect; anticipate (a style of behaviour, change in fortune, etc)he got more than he bargained for

British Dictionary definitions for bargain for (2 of 2)

bargain

/ (ˈbɑːɡɪn) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

bargainer, nounbargaining, noun, adjective

Word Origin for bargain

C14: from Old French bargaigne, from bargaignier to trade, of Germanic origin; compare Medieval Latin barcāniāre to trade, Old English borgian to borrow
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Idioms and Phrases with bargain for (1 of 2)

bargain for


1

Also, bargain over. Negotiate about something, usually a price. For example, In open-air markets it is standard practice to bargain for the best price. [Late 1300s]

2

Also, bargain on. Expect, be prepared for, as in In planning the picnic, we hadn't bargained for bad weather, or I hadn't bargained on John's coming along. [c. 1800] For a synonym, see count on.

Idioms and Phrases with bargain for (2 of 2)

bargain


In addition to the idiom beginning with bargain

  • bargain for

also see:

  • drive a bargain
  • into the bargain
  • make the best of it (a bad bargain)
  • more than one bargained for
  • strike a bargain
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