argy–bargy

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noun ar·gy–bar·gy \ˌär-jē-ˈbär-jē, ˌär-gē-ˈbär-gē\

Definition of argy–bargy

chiefly British

  1. :  a lively discussion :  argument, dispute

Origin and Etymology of argy–bargy

reduplication of Scots & English dialect argy, alteration of argue


First Known Use: 1887


ARGY–BARGY Defined for English Language Learners

argy–bargy

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noun ar·gy–bar·gy \ˌär-jē-ˈbär-jē, ˌär-gē-ˈbär-gē\

Definition of argy–bargy for English Language Learners

  • : an argument or disagreement


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