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- v. Present participle of pettifog.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Paltry; quibbling; mean.
- n. Pettifoggery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Practising pettifoggery: characteristic of or becoming to a pettifogger; petty; mean; paltry.
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This Mrs. Baxter called a pettifogging trick, and she pursued her parallel till the same terms were obviously indicated as appropriate to Quisanté's conduct.
'GRACCHUS,' as the town called him, was a broken-down lawyer, who, as he got old, had prostituted the talents of his early days to the meanest kind of pettifogging and rascality.
The pettifogging was also meant to counterbalance the Clinton White House's own ethical woes.
Okay, before some pettifogging comment-lawyer jumps on me, criminality is not perfectly inverse to IQ: there is an IQ threshold below which individuals are too disabled even for a career of violent crime.
But had I delayed to write just as I did in a peremptory tone, some old pettifogging, gossiping, soapsuds might in the interim have taken a delight in wounding your feelings by telling you that your committee folks meant to change their schoolmaster — I was determined that you should have the chance of resigning before you could hear it. —
"I took it upon myself to ignore these pettifogging minutiae," he told author John McPhee.
Only a pettifogging fool would refuse to see the common thread and blather on about “ignoring the specificity.”
While pettifogging academics (a select few of whom he favors) complain that his catchy phrases and anecdotes sometimes obscure deeper analysis, by and large Friedman gets the big issues right.
The details, the times and places, the pettifogging pettiness of it.
There are many pressing issues: attacking inexperience is bytes wasted — pettifogging.