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n. pl. ar·gy-bar·gies Chiefly British Slang
A lively or disputatious discussion.

[Scots, reduplication of argie, argument, from argue.]


(ˈɑːdʒɪˈbɑːdʒɪ) or


n, pl -bargies
informal Brit a wrangling argument or verbal dispute. Also called: argle-bargle
[C19: from Scottish, compound based on dialect argle, probably from argue]


(ˈɑr giˈbɑr gi)

n., pl. -gies.
a vigorous or noisy discussion or dispute.
[1595–1605; see argle-bargle]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.argy-bargy - a verbal disputeargy-bargy - a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument
contestation, controversy, disceptation, arguing, argument, contention, disputation, tilt - a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom


[ˈɑːdʒɪˈbɑːdʒɪ] N (Brit) → pelotera f, altercado m


(Brit inf)
nHin und Her nt (inf), → Hickhack m or nt (inf)


[ˈɑːdʒɪˈbɑːdʒɪ] n (fam) → discussione f, litigio
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