argy-bargy

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

It has been suggested that the term derives from the Scottish argle-bargle.[1]

Noun[edit]

argy-bargy (plural argy-bargies)

  1. A verbal argument.
    There was a bit of an argy-bargy over the matter.

Verb[edit]

argy-bargy (third-person singular simple present argy-bargies, present participle argy-bargying, simple past and past participle argy-bargied)

  1. To argue.
    • 1897: J. M. Barrie, Margaret Ogilvy, ch. 6
      Ten minutes at the least did she stand at the door argy-bargying with that man.

Usage notes[edit]

It was used during the Falklands War in a newspaper headline to describe the actions of the Argentines (so-called "argies").

References[edit]

  1. ^ Word Detective 010506

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