Originated in Scottish, where argle refers to argument, and bargle to reduplication.
argle-bargle (plural argle-bargles)
- (slang) A verbal argument.
argle-bargle (third-person singular simple present argle-bargles, present participle argle-bargling, simple past and past participle argle-bargled)
- (slang) To argue.
- 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped, ch. 11
- Last night ye haggled and argle-bargled like an apple-wife; and then passed me your word, and gave me your hand to back it; and ye ken very well what was the upshot.
- ^ Word Detective 010506