1 something bought cheaply or for less than its usual price: I might buy a TV, if I can find a bargain in the sales. | be a bargain: These shoes are a bargain at $22. | bargain holiday/clothes/prices etc (=a holiday etc that is very cheap) | bargain hunting (=looking for things to buy at a cheap price): a bargain hunting housewife at the January sales2 an agreement, made between two people or groups, to do something in return for something else: make a bargain: We've made a bargain that he'll do the shopping and I'll cook. | drive a hard bargain (=succeed in making an agreement that is very much to your advantage): Fischer was determined to drive a hard bargain. | keep your side of the bargain (=do what you promised as part of an agreement) | strike a bargain (=reach an agreement): Management and unions have struck a bargain over wage increases.3 into the bargain especially BrE in addition to everything else: He was short, fat, and spotty into the bargain.4 make the best of a bad bargain to do the best you can under difficult conditions- bargainer noun (C): a wage bargainer -see cheap 1 2 verb (I) to discuss the conditions of a sale, agreement etc (+ for): bargaining for better pay bargain for sth phrasal verb also bargain on sth (transitive usually in negatives) to expect that something will happen and make it part of your plans: We hadn't bargained for such heavy rain, and got really wet. | bargain on doing sth: We can't bargain on finding the right house straight away. | more than you bargained for (=more than you expected): His wife's angry reaction was more than he bargained for!
Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.