Definition of argy-bargy in English:

argy-bargy

noun

British
informal
  • Noisy quarreling or wrangling.

    • ‘It was a good race, there was no argy-bargy going on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is often both argy-bargy and trickiness in discussions, and truth, justice and common sense are often casualties.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It looked, without prejudice, a moment of unstructured argy-bargy.’
    • ‘Strangely enough after a bit of argy-bargy the play was transformed and both sides improved as did the quality of the game.’
    • ‘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 was a bit of argy-bargy in the scrum, but nothing worth reading too much into.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The argy-bargy overshadowed a fascinating and fluctuating game.’
    • ‘Senegal win a corner on the left, but there's a bit of argy-bargy in the box.’
    • ‘The Portuguese striker, of course, was central to another bout of argy-bargy.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The venue for all this intellectual argy-bargy was the rectory of Sacred Heart Church in Hubbard Woods, where my Uncle Reynold was pastor.’
    disturbance, racket, uproar, tumult, ruckus, clamour, brouhaha, furore, hue and cry, palaver, fuss, stir, to-do, storm, maelstrom, melee
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Origin

Late 19th century (originally Scots): rhyming jingle based on argue.

Pronunciation

argy-bargy

/ˌärjēˈbärjē//ˌɑrdʒiˈbɑrdʒi/