War itself had become a matter of arrangement, bargain, and diplomacy.
He took it all silently and he carried out his bargain faithfully.
And as often as not he took away with his bargain a glance which was equivalent to a kick.
"We will strike a bargain," returned Bertha, with her wonted gayety.
His horses turned out to be gentle and strong, and we made a bargain without noise.
And then Jose-Maria was the worst of comrades in the bargain.
I made a sign to the veterinarian that we must pass on to another; he made another sign that he would drive a bargain.
There are two sides to every bargain; and one side is as important as the other.
And (lowering his voice)—I hope you get the best of the McMinns in the bargain.
"I have made my bargain," the professor answers, in a tone of elation.
bargain early 14c., from O.Fr. bargaignier (12c., Mod.Fr. barguigner) "to haggle over the price," perhaps from Frankish *borganjan "to lend," and ultimately from P.Gmc. *borgan (cf. O.H.G. borgen; O.E. borgian, source of borrow). Another suggestion is that the O.Fr. word comes from L.L. barca "a barge," because it "carries goods to and fro." There are difficulties with both suggestions. A bargain basement (1899) originally was a basement floor in a store where bargains were displayed.