bargain /ˈbɑːɡɪn/


I. noun

1. an agreement between two or more people or groups as to what each will do for the other

bargains between political parties supporting the government.
2. a thing bought or offered for sale much more cheaply than is usual or expected

the table was a real bargain
[as modifier]
a bargain price of 99p.
II. verb [no obj.]

1. negotiate the terms and conditions of a transaction

he bargained with the local council to rent the stadium.
2. [with obj.] ( bargain something away) part with something after negotiation but get little or nothing in return.

his determination not to bargain away any of the province’s economic powers.
3. ( bargain for/on) be prepared for; expect

I got more information than I’d bargained for
he didn’t bargain on this storm.
III. phrases

1. drive a hard bargain
be uncompromising in making a deal.

the company’s prowess in driving a hard bargain has placed severe pressure on suppliers.
2. into ( ‹N. Amer.› in) the bargain
in addition to what has already been mentioned or was expected

I am now tired and extremely hungry—with a headache into the bargain.
3. keep one’s side of the bargain
carry out the promises one has made as part of an agreement.

they handed over hostages as a guarantee that they would keep their side of the bargain.
IV. derivatives

bargainer /ˈbɑːɡɪnə /

– origin Middle English: from Old French bargaine (noun), bargaignier (verb); probably of Germanic origin and related to German borgen ‘borrow’.

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