[ bahr-guhn ]
/ ˈbɑr gən /
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.
verb (used without object)
to discuss the terms of a bargain; haggle; negotiate.
to come to an agreement; make a bargain: We bargained on a three-year term.
verb (used with object)
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
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
bar·gain·a·ble, adjectivebar·gain·er, nounout·bar·gain, verb (used with object)pre·bar·gain, verb (used with object)
pro·bar·gain·ing, adjectiveun·bar·gained, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for strike a bargain
/ (ˈbɑːɡɪn) /
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)
Derived Formsbargainer, 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 strike a bargain (1 of 2)
strike a bargain
Reach an agreement, as in They finally struck a bargain after weeks of wrangling over who would get what. [Mid-1700s]
Idioms and Phrases with strike a bargain (2 of 2)
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
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