an advantageous purchase, especially one acquired at less than the usual cost: The sale offered bargains galore.
an agreement between parties settling what each shall give and take or perform and receive in a transaction.
such an agreement as affecting one of the parties: a losing bargain.
something acquired by bargaining.
Informal. an agreeable person, especially one who causes no trouble or difficulty (usually used in negative constructions): His boss is no bargain.
verb (used without object)
to discuss the terms of a bargain; haggle; negotiate.
to come to an agreement; make a bargain: We bargained on a three-year term.
verb (used with object)
to arrange by bargain; negotiate: to bargain a new wage increase.
to anticipate as likely to occur; expect (usually followed by a clause): I'll bargain that he's going to give those company directors plenty of trouble.
Verb phrases
bargain for, to anticipate or take into account: The job turned out to be more than he had bargained for.
bargain on, to expect or anticipate; count or rely on: You can't bargain on what she'll do in this situation.
in / into the bargain, over and above what has been stipulated; moreover; besides: The new housekeeper proved to be a fine cook in the bargain.
strike a bargain, to make a bargain; agree to terms: They were unable to strike a bargain because the owner's asking price was more than the prospective buyer could afford.

1300–50; (v.) Middle English bargaynen < Anglo-French, Old French bargai(g)ner, probably < Frankish *borganjan, extended form of Germanic *borgan (compare Old High German bor(a)gēn to look after, Middle High German, German borgen to lend, borrow); (noun) Middle English bargayn < Anglo-French, Old French bargai(g)ne, bargain, noun derivative of the v.; o > a in 1st syllable is unexplained

bargainable, adjective
bargainer, noun
outbargain, verb (used with object)
prebargain, verb (used with object)
probargaining, adjective
unbargained, adjective

2. stipulation, arrangement, transaction. See agreement. 6. See trade. 7. contract, covenant. Unabridged
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bargain (ˈbɑːɡɪn)
1.  an agreement or contract establishing what each party will give, receive, or perform in a transaction between them
2.  something acquired or received in such an agreement
3.  (US)
 a.  something bought or offered at a low price: a bargain at an auction
 b.  (as modifier): a bargain price
4.  into the bargain, in the bargain in excess of what has been stipulated; besides
5.  make a bargain, strike a bargain to agree on terms
6.  (intr) to negotiate the terms of an agreement, transaction, etc
7.  (tr) to exchange, as in a bargain
8.  to arrive at (an agreement or settlement)
[C14: from Old French bargaigne, from bargaignier to trade, of Germanic origin; compare Medieval Latin barcāniāre to trade, Old English borgian to borrow]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. bargaignier (12c., Mod.Fr. barguigner) "to haggle over the price," perhaps from Frankish *borganjan "to lend," and ultimately from P.Gmc. *borgan (cf. O.H.G. borgen; O.E. borgian, source of borrow). Another suggestion is that the O.Fr. word comes from
L.L. barca "a barge," because it "carries goods to and fro." There are difficulties with both suggestions. A bargain basement (1899) originally was a basement floor in a store where bargains were displayed.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with bargain, also see drive a bargain; into the bargain; make the best of it (a bad bargain); more than one bargained for; strike a bargain.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
In markets and shops, the goods have price tags, or you can bargain.
Don't forget to bargain and don't be afraid to walk away if you think the price
  is too high.
The craving for cheap wines may be surging, but merely cheap is no bargain.
You've already heard about my cheap, bargain-bin finds.
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