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stickle

[stik-uh l] /ˈstɪk əl/
verb (used without object), stickled, stickling.
1.
to argue or haggle insistently, especially on trivial matters.
2.
to raise objections; scruple; demur.
Origin of stickle
1520-1530
1520-30; variant of obsolete stightle to set in order, frequentative of stight to set in order, Middle English stighten, Old English stihtan to arrange; cognate with German stiften, Old Norse stētta to set up
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  • "But you did stickle about words an hour ago," said Mr. Hempstead, with some severity.

  • But the magistrate was not in a frame of mind to stickle for nicety of expression.

    Monsieur Lecoq, v.1 Emile Gaboriau
  • Cringe, in the sense of to constrain; and so to stickle, or haggle.

  • I would not stickle about hours, but the money and the drink are very just.

    Sybil Benjamin Disraeli
  • I am not disposed to stickle for this particular phraseology.

  • stickle Pond is probably the best adapted of any of those available.

    The Passaic Flood of 1903 Marshall Ora Leighton
  • Why, in this manner—but you mustnt mind my speaking out: we know each other well enough not to stickle at formalities—eh?

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • Let three hundred be taken, and if you find more wanted do not stickle to add to this number.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln

    Charles L. Marson
  • Such is the influence of Government, that the Devil will every where stickle mightily, to have that siding with him.

  • The interview ended with a present of half-a-bull to Micky from the convict, which the boy seemed to stickle at accepting.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for stickle

stickle

/ˈstɪkəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to dispute stubbornly, esp about minor points
2.
to refuse to agree or concur, esp by making petty stipulations
Word Origin
C16 stightle (in the sense: to arbitrate): frequentative of Old English stihtan to arrange; related to Old Norse stētta to support
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