Archive for February 2nd, 2009

To CHAFFER. v.n.


To CHA’FFER. v.n. [kauffen, Germ. to buy.] To treat about
a bargain; to haggle; to bargain.
Nor rode himself to Paul’s, the publick fair,
To chaffer for preferments with his gold,
Where bishopricks and sinecures are sold. Dryden’s Fables.
The chaffering with dissenters, and dodging about this or
t’other ceremony, is but like opening a few wickets, and leav-
ing them a-jar. Swift.
In disputes with chairmen, when your master sends you to
chaffer with them, take pity, and tell your master they will
not take a farthing less. Swift.