Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British Slang A lively or disputatious discussion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A verbal argument.
  • v. To argue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument

Etymologies

Scots, reduplication of argie, argument, from argue.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
It has been suggested that the term derives from the Scottish argle-bargle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Isn't this how the British refer to the Falklands war, (oops, I mean 'la guerra de las Malvinas')?

    September 28, 2009

  • "Underneath the political argy-bargy, the policies are the same. The policy priority on both sides is to look after the interests of the largest polluters in the interest of protecting jobs by not undermining the competitiveness of the coal, aluminium and other big polluting industries against their competitors overseas."
    - Kenneth Davidson, Rudd Government an obedient servant of the big polluters, theage.com.au, 28 September 2009.

    September 28, 2009