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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Definitions for argy-bargy

  1. Chiefly British. a vigorous discussion or dispute.

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Citations for argy-bargy
The current argy-bargy over herring fishing seems to bring the whole issue of conservation, national fishing limits, and policing of the seas into perspective. Brian Gardner, "Don't send a gunboat," New Scientist, July 21, 1977
The argy-bargy—if I'm allowed to say that—is about what all the best arguments are about: absolutely nothing. Lionel Shriver, The Post-Birthday World, 2007
Origin of argy-bargy
Argy-bargy is a derivative of argle-bargle, the first element of which is a variant of word argue. The term was originally used in Scottish in the late 1500s.
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