• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rue-bargain a forfeit for withdrawing from a bargain
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hreówan, to be sorry for—hreów, sorrow; Ger. reue, Old High Ger. hriuwa, mourning.


In literature:

He has purchased her at a monarch's ransom, and I warrant me he rues his bargain.
"Kenilworth" by Sir Walter Scott
For a whole week Nucingen went almost every day to the shop in the Rue Nueve-Saint-Marc to bargain for the woman he was in love with.
"Scenes from a Courtesan's Life" by Honore de Balzac
But, you would better hold off on Armand until you have him safely tied up; he may rue bargain.
"The Colonel of the Red Huzzars" by John Reed Scott
It was in the old clothes shop, on the rue Neuve-Saint-Marc, that Frederic de Nucingen bargained for Esther van Gobseck.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
But shoo's a trimmer, an' if he doesn't live to rue his bargain, awst be chaited.
"Yorksher Puddin'" by John Hartley
And a good job it is, or half the girls would be at the church waiting, and the groom lying at home rueing his bargain.
"The Drone" by Rutherford Mayne
Perhaps to-morrow Katty will rue her bargain, and we won't get the crathur.
"Adrift in the Ice-Fields" by Charles W. Hall
Are you rueing your bargain?
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
And Dorothy, you think, shows no sign of rueing her bargain?
"The Squire's Daughter" by Silas K(itto) Hocking

In poetry:

She whipped the maids and starved the kern,
And drove away the poor;
"Ah, woe is me!" the old lord said,
"I rue my bargain sore!"
"Kathleen" by John Greenleaf Whittier
'She is white, as white snow flake,'
Quoth the king; 'a man shall make
Bargains with her and not sin.'
'Ay,' she saith, 'but an he win,
Let him look the right be done
Else the rue shall be his own.
"The Sleep of Sigismund" by Jean Ingelow