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

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Idioms and Phrases with bargain for

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.

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