Definition of argy-bargy in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɑːdʒɪˈbɑːdʒi//ˌɑːɡɪˈbɑːɡi/


mass nounBritish
  • Noisy quarrelling or wrangling.

    ‘a bit of argy-bargy between actor and director’
    count noun ‘an argy-bargy over the price’
    • ‘It was a good race, there was no argy-bargy going on.’
    • ‘The argy-bargy overshadowed a fascinating and fluctuating game.’
    • ‘There is often both argy-bargy and trickiness in discussions, and truth, justice and common sense are often casualties.’
    • ‘But each issue should be taken on its merits… The search for a federal system that is supple enough to serve our economic and social needs today and into the future is far too important to be sacrificed to political argy-bargy.’
    • ‘Legal argy-bargy between the different memory companies is also likely to have a serious effect on the entire PC industry, and eventually on consumers too.’
    • ‘It looked, without prejudice, a moment of unstructured argy-bargy.’
    • ‘It was a lot of fun - it is said that good wine makes for great conversation, and I am pleased to say that there was no major political argy-bargy going on.’
    • ‘The Portuguese striker, of course, was central to another bout of argy-bargy.’
    • ‘There was a bit of argy-bargy in the scrum, but nothing worth reading too much into.’
    • ‘There has been a bit of argy-bargy in the House this afternoon, but I am absolutely serious when I say that this is an issue that is critical to New Zealand's future.’
    • ‘Why we're still having this argy-bargy is that the two main parties are anxious to put off what they believe will be this election's make-or-break issue for them.’
    • ‘Yesterday, Sal had a wobbly moment at school that Flynn hadn't previously been aware of; he soon realises that it came straight after their bit of argy-bargy in the diner.’
    • ‘There's nothing like getting involved in a bit of argy-bargy to take your mind off the fact that you haven't moved in 20 minutes.’
    • ‘They all waited, and then there was a bit of an argy-bargy.’
    • ‘He has been a good chairman and put up with a lot of argy-bargy.’
    • ‘No raised voices, no argy-bargy, just Alfred and three or four chefs calmly taking care of the orders as they come in.’
    • ‘There's a great bit of cultural/political argy-bargy going on in the current issue of JMI, the music magazine that makes a habit of stirring things up in the worlds of traditional and classical music.’
    • ‘Strangely enough after a bit of argy-bargy the play was transformed and both sides improved as did the quality of the game.’
    • ‘The venue for all this intellectual argy-bargy was the rectory of Sacred Heart Church in Hubbard Woods, where my Uncle Reynold was pastor.’
    • ‘Senegal win a corner on the left, but there's a bit of argy-bargy in the box.’
    disturbance, racket, uproar, tumult, ruckus, clamour, brouhaha, furore, hue and cry, palaver, fuss, stir, to-do, storm, maelstrom, melee
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Late 19th century (originally Scots): rhyming jingle based on argue.