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Postby Heidita » Tue May 26, 2015 5:05 pm

Belinda Bauer "Finders keepers".

New book, written by a British writer.

My questions always refer to

    meaning?
    did you know this expression?
    is it a common word in your country, region?
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A new child has been abducted.

The pub was where they'd bickered and clutched at straws.......Less than a hundred yards away was Sunset Lodge, where four people had died while the police had dithered.


bickered...maybe discussed the matter? made guesses?
dithered...taken their time, been too slow?

I am just guessing, have not heard these words before.
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Re: bickered, dithered

Postby saffron » Tue May 26, 2015 6:13 pm

Bicker is arguing about trivial things - for example the dinner party at Jane's was awful their friends Nick and Laura bickered all evening.
You may say to some children - stop bickering!
It is the sort of low level arguing that wears you down. Very common.

Dithering is being indecisive used loads in the UK where there are lots of indecisive people.
You can also refer to it when someone is at a pedestrian crossing and cannot make their mind up whether to cross.
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Re: bickered, dithered

Postby lorenzo » Wed May 27, 2015 4:35 am

Bicker can also mean haggle.
All of my posts regarding Spanish are just guesses: I don't speak Spanish.

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Re: bickered, dithered

Postby Heidita » Wed May 27, 2015 4:53 pm

Haggle...hmmm, no idea :??: :??:
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Re: bickered, dithered

Postby Pesta » Wed May 27, 2015 5:24 pm

I've heard "haggle" most often used to describe the arguments between a customer and a vendor, haggling over small differences in the final price of a purchase that they will agree to.

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Re: bickered, dithered

Postby saffron » Wed May 27, 2015 5:34 pm

I've never heard it used for haggle.
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Re: bickered, dithered

Postby MaryMcC » Thu May 28, 2015 9:46 am

saffron wrote:I've never heard it used for haggle.



Nor me.
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Re: bickered, dithered

Postby lorenzo » Thu May 28, 2015 9:49 am

It's probably a regional corruption of dicker.
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Re: bickered, dithered

Postby MaryMcC » Thu May 28, 2015 10:03 am

lorenzo wrote:It's probably a regional corruption of dicker.


Which means?
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Re: bickered, dithered

Postby lorenzo » Fri May 29, 2015 5:11 am

Dicker means haggle or bargain (as a verb).
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Re: bickered, dithered

Postby Heidita » Fri May 29, 2015 6:22 am

MaryMcC wrote:
lorenzo wrote:It's probably a regional corruption of dicker.


Which means?


:lol: :lol: Exactly my point :doh:

Lorenzo already answered but I feel comforted that I am not the only one not to understand these words :biggrin
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Re: bickered, dithered

Postby MaryMcC » Fri May 29, 2015 9:52 pm

lorenzo wrote:Dicker means haggle or bargain (as a verb).


Really, in British English, since when? It's a new one on me and I thought I had a pretty wide vocabulary
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Re: bickered, dithered

Postby Heidita » Sat May 30, 2015 8:21 am

MaryMcC wrote:
lorenzo wrote:Dicker means haggle or bargain (as a verb).


Really, in British English, since when? It's a new one on me and I thought I had a pretty wide vocabulary


hmmm, I am assuming he means in American English ... :??: :??:
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Re: bickered, dithered

Postby lorenzo » Sun May 31, 2015 4:23 am

According to thefreedictionary, it is in both American and British English and has been for a long time.
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Re: bickered, dithered

Postby Heidita » Sun May 31, 2015 5:16 pm

Oh, well, not according to Collins:

dicker
1 vacilar, titubear
2(US) (Comm) regatear, cambalachear


Seems to be more common in the States.

However, I did not know any of these words, bicker, dicker, haggle good one 8-)
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