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pettifogging (ˈpɛtɪˌfɒɡɪŋ Pronunciation for pettifogging

Definitions

adjective

  1. petty   ⇒ pettifogging details
  2. mean; quibbling   ⇒ pettifogging lawyers

Synonyms

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= hairsplitting, mean, sophisticated, subtle, petty, insignificant, niggling, paltry, quibbling, piddling, nit-picking, cavilling, equivocating, captious, sophistical, casuistic

pettifog (ˈpɛtɪˌfɒɡ Pronunciation for pettifog

Definitions

verb

-fogs, -fogging, -fogged
  1. (intransitive) to be a pettifogger

Example Sentences Including 'pettifogging'

He, of course, regarded these cautious officials as pettifogging bureaucrats.
Simon Ball THE GUARDSMEN (2004)
I can feel my creative spirit being stifled by the pettifogging straitjacket of corporate boddery.
Alex George LOVE YOU MADLY (2002)
Possibly this was mere eccentricity; perhaps the pettifogging rivalries of academia had worn him down.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The cost to business of the HSE's pettifogging is ultimately borne by the public in the prices paid for goods and services.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)

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