pettifogging

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{a} low, mean, little, unbecoming
disapproval You can describe an action or situation as pettifogging when you think that unnecessary attention is being paid to unimportant, boring details. pettifogging bureaucratic interference. too concerned with small details
quibbling over insignificant details; "caviling pettifoggers and quiggling pleaders"-Edmund Burke; "her nagging and carping attack"; "thought her editor unnecessarily nitpicking"; "a pettifogging lawyer's mind"; "had no patience with quibbling critics"
Paltry; quibbling; mean
Pettifoggery
present participle of pettifog
{s} petty, trivial; cheating, swindling
pettifog
To quibble over trivial matters; nitpick

Don't pettifog or we will soon grow weary.

pettifog
To advocate like a pettifogger; to argue trickily; as, to pettifog a claim
pettifog
To quibble of trivial matters; nitpick
pettifog
{f} cheat, deceive; swindle, defraud
pettifog
argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies"
pettifog
To do a petty business as a lawyer; also, to do law business in a petty or tricky way
pettifogging

    Hyphenation

    pet·ti·fog·ging

    Pronunciation

    Etymology

    [ 'pe-tE-"fo-g&r, -"fä- ] (noun.) 1576. probably from petty + obsolete English fogger pettifogger.

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