haggle hag‧gle [ˈhægl] verb [intransitive] COMMERCE
to argue about a price or other amount of money before reaching an agreement:
haggle over

• The Maine Legislature has been haggling over the state's budget for months.

— haggling noun [uncountable] :

• There was some haggling over the fee.

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haggle UK US /ˈhægl/ verb [I]
COMMERCE to argue about the price of something in an attempt to make the seller reduce it: »

Many car dealers will give you a sizeable discount if you are prepared to haggle.

haggle over/about sth »

The two clubs spent weeks haggling over the fee before finally reaching a deal.

haggle with sb »

If you're a cash buyer, haggle with the dealer to get the best price and/or free extras.

haggle for sth »

They haggle for a rate or use Priceline to get into a full-service hotel rather than pay rock-bottom for lesser quality.

to argue about the details of something: haggle over/about sth »

Congress is soon to begin the months-long process of haggling about food safety amendments.

haggle with sb »

Regulators are still haggling with bankers over the precise details of the agreement.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Haggle — Hag gle, v. i. To be difficult in bargaining; to stick at small matters; to chaffer; to higgle. [1913 Webster] Royalty and science never haggled about the value of blood. Walpole. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Haggle — Hag gle, n. The act or process of haggling. Carlyle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Haggle — Hag gle (h[a^]g g l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Haggled} ( g ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Haggling} ( gl[i^]ng).] [Freq. of Scot. hag, E. hack. See {Hack} to cut.] To cut roughly or hack; to cut into small pieces; to notch or cut in an unskillful manner; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • haggle — I verb argue, bargain, beat down, bid for, chaffer, deal, dicker, dispute, drive a bargain, higgle, make terms, negotiate, palter, quibble, stickle, underbid, wrangle associated concepts: arm s length bargaining, bickering over price II index… …   Law dictionary

  • haggle — (v.) 1570s, to cut unevenly (implied in haggler), frequentative of haggen to chop (see HACK (Cf. hack) (v.1)). Sense of argue about price first recorded c.1600, probably from notion of chopping away. Related: Haggled; haggling …   Etymology dictionary

  • haggle — [v] bicker, quarrel argue, bargain, barter, beat down*, cavil, chaffer, deal, dicker*, dispute, hammer out a deal*, horse trade*, make a deal*, palter, quibble, squabble, wrangle; concept 46 Ant. agree, comply, concur …   New thesaurus

  • haggle — ► VERB ▪ dispute or bargain persistently, especially over a price. ► NOUN ▪ a period of haggling. DERIVATIVES haggler noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «hack, mangle»: from Old Norse …   English terms dictionary

  • haggle — [hag′əl] vt. haggled, haggling [freq. of HAG2] to chop or cut crudely; hack; mangle vi. to argue about terms, price, etc.; bargain; wrangle n. the act of haggling haggler n …   English World dictionary

  • haggle — UK [ˈhæɡ(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms haggle : present tense I/you/we/they haggle he/she/it haggles present participle haggling past tense haggled past participle haggled 1) to argue in order to agree on the price of something haggle… …   English dictionary

  • haggle — [[t]hæ̱g(ə)l[/t]] haggles, haggling, haggled V RECIP If you haggle, you argue about something before reaching an agreement, especially about the cost of something that you are buying. [V with n] Ella showed her the best places to go for a good… …   English dictionary

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