argle-bargle
noun Etymology: reduplication of Scots & English argle, alteration of argue Date: 1872 chiefly British argy-bargy

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  • argle-bargle — [är′gəl bär′gəl] n. [Informal or Dial.] ARGY BARGY …   English World dictionary

  • argle-bargle — /ahr geuhl bahr geuhl/, n. Chiefly Brit. argy bargy. [1870 75; redupl. of argle, var. of ARGUE] * * * …   Universalium

  • argle-bargle — 1. noun A verbal argument. 2. verb To argue. 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 …   Wiktionary

  • argle-bargle — ar•gle bar•gle [[t]ˈɑr gəlˈbɑr gəl[/t]] n. brit. argy bargy • Etymology: 1870–75; redupl. of argle, var. of argue …   From formal English to slang

  • argle-bargle — argument, lively discussion …   English contemporary dictionary

  • argle-bargle — ar·gle bar·gle …   English syllables

  • argle-bargle — /agəl ˈbagəl/ (say ahguhl bahguhl) verb (i), noun → argy bargy …   Australian English dictionary

  • argle-bargle — noun a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument • Syn: ↑argy bargy • Regions: ↑United Kingdom, ↑UK, ↑U.K., ↑Britain, ↑United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ↑Great Britain …   Useful english dictionary

  • argle — (v.) 1580s to argue obstinately, from argue, perhaps by influence of haggle. Reduplicated form argle bargle (sometimes argy bargy) wrangling is attested from 1872 …   Etymology dictionary

  • ar|gy-bar|gy — «AHR gee BAHR gee», noun, verb, bar|gied, bar|gy|ing. Informal. –n. noisy dispute; bickering; wrangling: »... constant interrogation, argy bargy and palaver (Punch). –v.i. to argue noisily; …   Useful english dictionary

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