bargain


bargain
1 noun (C)
1 something bought cheaply or for less than its usual price: I might buy a TV, if I can find a bargain in the sales. | be a bargain: These shoes are a bargain at $22. | bargain holiday/clothes/prices etc (=a holiday etc that is very cheap) | bargain hunting (=looking for things to buy at a cheap price): a bargain hunting housewife at the January sales
2 an agreement, made between two people or groups, to do something in return for something else: make a bargain: We've made a bargain that he'll do the shopping and I'll cook. | drive a hard bargain (=succeed in making an agreement that is very much to your advantage): Fischer was determined to drive a hard bargain. | keep your side of the bargain (=do what you promised as part of an agreement) | strike a bargain (=reach an agreement): Management and unions have struck a bargain over wage increases.
3 into the bargain especially BrE in addition to everything else: He was short, fat, and spotty into the bargain.
4 make the best of a bad bargain to do the best you can under difficult conditions
- bargainer noun (C): a wage bargainer -see cheap 1 2 verb (I) to discuss the conditions of a sale, agreement etc (+ for): bargaining for better pay bargain for sth phrasal verb also bargain on sth (transitive usually in negatives) to expect that something will happen and make it part of your plans: We hadn't bargained for such heavy rain, and got really wet. | bargain on doing sth: We can't bargain on finding the right house straight away. | more than you bargained for (=more than you expected): His wife's angry reaction was more than he bargained for!

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • bargain — [bär′gən] n. [ME & OFr bargaine < OFr bargaignier, to haggle < Frank * borganjan, to lend, akin to OE borgian,BORROW] 1. a mutual agreement or contract in which the parties settle on what should be given or done by each 2. the terms of such …   English World dictionary

  • bargain — ► NOUN 1) an agreement made between people as to what each will do for the other. 2) a thing bought or offered for sale for a low price. ► VERB 1) negotiate the terms of an agreement. 2) (bargain for/on) expect. ● …   English terms dictionary

  • Bargain — Bar gain, v. i. [OE. barganien, OF. bargaigner, F. barguigner, to hesitate, fr. LL. barcaniare. See {Bargain}, n.] To make a bargain; to make a contract for the exchange of property or services; followed by with and for; as, to bargain with a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bargain — Bar gain, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bargained} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bargaining}.] To transfer for a consideration; to barter; to trade; as, to bargain one horse for another. [1913 Webster] {To bargain away}, to dispose of in a bargain; usually with a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bargain — could mean some of the following: * The process whereby buyer and seller agree the price of goods or services. See bargaining. * An agreement to exchange goods at a price. * Such an agreement where one of the parties thinks the price is very… …   Wikipedia

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  • bargain\ on — • bargain on • bargain for v To be ready for; expect. When John started a fight with the smaller boy he got more than he bargained for. The final cost of building the house was much more than they had bargained on. Compare: count on …   Словарь американских идиом

  • bargain — n *contract, compact, pact …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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