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    Default bargain for/drive a bargain/in the bargain/strike a bargain/

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    1. When John started a fight with the smaller boy he got more than he bargained for.
    bargain for = to be ready for; expect.

    2. Tom's collie is a champion; it should be easy for Tom to drive a bargain when he sells her puppies.
    drive a bargain = to buy or sell at a good price; succeed in a trade or deal.

    3. The heat failed, and then the roof began to leak in the bargain.

    4. Frank is a teacher, and an artist into the bargain.

    5. He is a good doctor and a kind man into the bargain.

    in the bargain = in addition; besides; also

    6. After a great deal of haggling, they managed to strike a bargain.

    7. We struck a bargain with them.
    strike a bargain = to arrive at a price satisfactory to both the buyer and the seller.

    8. She drives a hard bargain.
    drive a hard bargain = to work hard to negotiate prices or agreements in one's own favor.

    9. She met her’s end of a bargain.

    10. They made a bargain not to cut the prices.

    11. He makes the best of a bad bargain.

    12. There was no choice, so I just had to make the best of bad bargain.
    to make the best of a bad bargain = to do one’s best in a difficult situation

    13. Let’s call it a bargain.

    14. I didn’t bargain for this.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Default Re: bargain for/drive a bargain/in the bargain/strike a bargain/

    Another long exercise, Vil.

    1. When John started a fight with the smaller boy he got more than he bargained for.
    (bargain for = to be ready for; expect.)
    In this context 'bargained for' indicates that the smaller boy gave him a hard fight, perhaps even beat him! John thought that he would easily beat the small boy.


    3. The heat failed, and then the roof began to leak (in the bargain.)
    Into the bargain. Colloquial use. Oh dear, it seems like one thing after another (to worry about).

    9. She met herís end of a bargain.
    No. Met her end.

    12. There was no choice, so I just had to make the best of bad bargain.
    Best of a bad bargain.

    I have only dealt with errors; the rest are correct.

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