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To Híggle. v.n. [of uncertain etymology; probably corrupted from haggle.]

  1. To chaffer; to be penurious in a bargain.

    In good offices and due retributions we may not be pinching and niggardly: it argues an ignoble mind, where we have wronged, to higgle and dodge in the amends. Hale.

            Base thou art!
    To higgle thus for a few blows,
    To gain thy knight an op'lent spouse.
    Hudibras, p. ii.

    Why all this higgling with thy friend about such a paultry sum? Does this become the generosity of the noble and rich John Bull? Arbuthnot's History of John Bull.

  2. To go selling provisions from door to door. This seems the original meaning.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Butler, Samuel (98) · Hale, Matthew (49)

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