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verb[NO OBJECT]North american
1Engage in petty argument or bargaining.‘Sam advised him not to dicker over the extra fee’
- ‘His arrogance and ineptitude were on fine display Tuesday, when he dickered over the word torture.’
- ‘If the price is $30, and Coburn wants to pay $25, she will offer $20, allowing room for dickering.’
- ‘She studies up on car prices and features before she starts dickering to buy an automobile.’
- ‘I don't know, but I do have a prediction: the parties will continue dickering until the last possible moment.’
- ‘But for the last six months there has been no county counsel, as the board dickers over whom to hire for the job.’
- ‘They would spend their time dickering over how to get more of their expenses cleared.’
- ‘Reaching out to touch her collar, he smiled; ‘And what do you think this trader you're going to dicker with is going to think when you walk in wearing this?’’
- ‘In Simms's world, there is no reason anymore for shoppers to visit a classic used-car lot, where they might see a selection of 150 or so cars that forces them to figure out what comes closest to their desires - and then to dicker over price.’
- ‘By dickering over what constitutes a strong enough tradition of openness, the courts were able to turn what should have been an objective, or at least fact-based, inquiry into a subjective, opinion-based one.’
- ‘I'll only mention briefly the fact that other Remote Viewers who have applied for the prize, all backed out, some after several years of dickering over details of the protocol.’
- ‘But the plan has stalled as Morocco and Polisario dicker over who is eligible to vote in the referendum.’
- ‘The new audience would be all of those who have ever figured they were getting screwed when they tried to argue for a raise, dicker with cantankerous suppliers, sell a used car, or buy a new house.’
- ‘He sits in Beane's office as the GM dickers over trades with opposing team officials.’
- ‘It reminded me of Florence in August, the big central maidan, or square, crammed with rug and souvenir shops whose owners were busily dickering with foreign tourists.’
- ‘What are the criteria that enables you to see over the horizon whether this customer's still worth dickering with?’
- ‘I don't want to dicker so I'm fine with the offer, which is about $20K less than the asking price.’
- ‘‘Let's not dicker over minor issues,’ says Prof. Zhang Yansheng of Beijing's Central University of Finance and Economics.’
- ‘We're willing to do that once, because, except for a few economists, no one really wants to keep dickering over each new sliver of value.’
- ‘They dicker and dicker and do everything they can to avoid paying for it.’
- ‘What ‘buyers are liars’ means for you as a seller is that the family that spends a lot of time dickering may never end up making a written offer.’
2Toy or fiddle with.‘the company was still dickering with its pricing schedule’
- ‘So you can, you know, dicker around with it, which the Republicans love to do, but the reality is things are better.’
- ‘For my money, the whole point of making/charging the sigil is to dicker around with one's subconscious mind, and thus dicker around with causality.’
- ‘My most successful project has been dickering with the random search device at my place of work.’
- ‘Nobody dickered with it, she had to find the best cameraman she could, to get a print as clean and as fresh as that.’
Early 19th century (originally US): perhaps from obsolete dicker ‘set of ten (hides’), used as a unit of trade, based on Latin decem ten.
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