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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Perhaps from dicker 'group of ten (animal skins)' (11-19 centuries) (from the exchanging of skins for other goods)

dicker

verb
     
dickā€§er [intransitive] informal especially American English
to argue about or discuss the details of a sale, agreement etc
dicker about/over
Politicians in Washington are still dickering over the budget.

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