Definition 2024






  1. present participle of bargain
    • 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, Our banks are out of control”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21:
      Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic [].  Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. []  But the scandals kept coming, and so we entered stage three – what therapists call "bargaining". A broad section of the political class now recognises the need for change but remains unable to see the necessity of a fundamental overhaul. Instead it offers fixes and patches.


bargaining (plural bargainings)

  1. The act of one who bargains.
    • Winston Churchill, Marlborough: His Life and Times (book 2, page 51)
      All the materials, therefore, existed for an interminable series of hagglings, bargainings, and blackmailings.