from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A lively or disputatious discussion.

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  • noun A verbal argument.
  • verb To argue.

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  • noun a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument


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

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

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It has been suggested that the term derives from the Scottish argle-bargle.



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