argy-bargy

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Scottish, variant of argle-bargle, presumably from argue +‎ -y (diminutive).[1]

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argy-bargy (plural argy-bargies)

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

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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, chapter 6, in Margaret Ogilvy:
      Ten minutes at the least did she stand at the door argy-bargying with that man.
    • 2003, Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves,[1], page 27:
      Instead you will engage in some direct-action argy-bargy!

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