Faust, in the legend, traded his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge. To “strike a Faustian bargain” is to be willing to sacrifice anything to satisfy a limitless desire for knowledge or power.
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Clearly the liberation of Gross took place in the context of what might be called a “grand bargain.”Obama Realizes What 10 Presidents Didn’t: Isolating Cuba Doesn’t Work|Christopher Dickey|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Well, because conservatives often get more than they bargain for.
Schettino also tried to enter a plea bargain agreement, which ultimately was rejected by the Grosseto court.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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 promoters went his security and put up the cash into the bargain, and he went back to the publishing house victorious.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
Keen and canny, they drive a close bargain but, scrupulous and conscientious, fulfil it faithfully.
He would haggle in a bargain for a shilling, and economize in things beneath a wise man's notice or consideration.
The Midland were anxious to buy and the Ennis were willing to sell, but Parliament alone could legalise the bargain.
The pecuniary arrangements were all made, and the bargain completed, before Jane knew any thing of the matter.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott