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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: bargaignier

bargain

2 verb
     
Related topics: Business
bargain2 [intransitive]
B to discuss the conditions of a sale, agreement etc, for example to try and get a lower price
bargain for
workers bargaining for better pay
bargain over
They bargained over the level of wages.
bargain with
women bargaining with traders
bargainer noun [countable]
He's the hardest bargainer in the business.

bargain for something

phrasal verb
[usually in negatives] to expect that something will happen and make it part of your plans:
They hadn't bargained for such a dramatic change in the weather.
bargain on doing something
I hadn't bargained on being stuck in traffic on the way home.
The thief got more than he bargained for, as Mr Cox tripped him up with his walking stick.

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