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pettifogging adj : 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" [syn: caviling, carping, nitpicking, quibbling]pettifog v : argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies" [syn: quibble, niggle, bicker, squabble, brabble] [also: pettifogging, pettifogged]pettifogging See pettifog

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pettifoging
  1. present participle of pettifog
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