Definition of argy-bargy in US English:



  • Noisy quarreling or wrangling.

    ‘a bit of argy-bargy between actor and director’
    count noun ‘an argy-bargy over the price’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The venue for all this intellectual argy-bargy was the rectory of Sacred Heart Church in Hubbard Woods, where my Uncle Reynold was pastor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The argy-bargy overshadowed a fascinating and fluctuating game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No raised voices, no argy-bargy, just Alfred and three or four chefs calmly taking care of the orders as they come in.’
    • ‘It looked, without prejudice, a moment of unstructured argy-bargy.’
    • ‘It was a good race, there was no argy-bargy going on.’
    • ‘They all waited, and then there was a bit of an argy-bargy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is often both argy-bargy and trickiness in discussions, and truth, justice and common sense are often casualties.’
    • ‘He has been a good chairman and put up with a lot of argy-bargy.’
    • ‘There was a bit of argy-bargy in the scrum, but nothing worth reading too much into.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Senegal win a corner on the left, but there's a bit of argy-bargy in the box.’
    • ‘Strangely enough after a bit of argy-bargy the play was transformed and both sides improved as did the quality of the game.’
    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.