- 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 bargaining
It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips.Aging Cuban Exiles And Their Lawmakers Bypassed by White House
December 17, 2014
That victory for the tab became a bargaining chip in all future dealings with the superstar.I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007
November 20, 2014
Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Erdogan said there were critics accusing Turkey of bargaining with ISIS.The Turks to ISIS: ‘Let’s Make a Deal’
September 21, 2014
This one was about bargaining: “The other side threatens you with death so you would be happy with a fever.”Iran Supreme Leader Spills the Nuke Talk Secrets
July 12, 2014
The separatists had sought to use them as bargaining chips in a prisoner exchange with Kiev.Carnage in Ukraine: Dozens of Pro-Russia Activists Die in Odessa
May 3, 2014
The card-players have plunged suddenly in medias res of bargaining.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
And he, ‘I do not feel like chaffering and bargaining this morning.’The Book of Khalid
The price of it was three sous, but, by dint of bargaining, she got it for two.The Fat and the Thin
It may be that he is bargaining for the Chancellorship, which he is certainly not fit for.
"I hate the idea of bargaining with that wretch," said Lucille.
- 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 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.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with bargaining
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