British English Slang – Argy-bargy or argie-bargie.
Meaning – A noisy or lively argument. This expression is used to describe a bad tempered argument. This phrase can also be used to describe a fight or a heated discussion.
Argy-bargy originated in Scotland and is an alteration of the word argue.
There are lots of great English slang expressions related to arguing or fighting, they include:
- Barney – British slang for a noisy argument or fight.
- cross swords – To have an argument or disagreement with someone.
- fisticuffs – A fistfight.
- kerfuffle – A commotion or noisy disagreement.
- knuckle sandwich – A punch in the mouth.
- lock horns – To have an argument or disagreement with someone.
- scrap – A fight.
- “Looks like a bit of argy-bargy going on over there. I think it started over a spilled pint!”
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