From Yiddish האַנדלען (handlen, “to trade”), from German handeln
hondel (third-person singular simple present hondels, present participle hondelling or hondeling, simple past and past participle hondelled or hondeled)
- to bargain, to haggle
- 1977, Janet Kaplan and Judy Stacey Goldman, The Underground Jerusalem Guide, Keter Pub. House:
- It's the clanging of cash registers, the banging of beads, hawking, hondelling and the hooting of horns.
- 2000, Paul Wilkes, And They Shall Be My People: An American Rabbi and His Congregation, Grove Press, p. 135:
- Some might call it religious hondeling, but Rabbi Rosenbaum finds himself doing just that, and more often than he cares to admit.
- 2002, Zalman Velvel, What is a Jew?:
- The Rabbi began to hondel with God, like Abraham, only in reverse. He asked for permission to make a 100 mistakes, then a thousand.
- 2007, Don Winslow, The Winter of Frankie Machine, Vintage Books, p. 53:
- And I'll turn the offer down because it's a boss's kid, which Vince will understand: then we'll get down to the real hondeling.
hondel (plural hondels)
- handle (device designed to be gripped or held in the hand)