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pettifog

[ pet-ee-fog, -fawg ]
/ 藞p蓻t i藢f蓲g, -藢f蓴g /
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verb (used without object), pet路ti路fogged, pet路ti路fog路ging.
to bicker or quibble over trifles or unimportant matters.
to carry on a petty, shifty, or unethical law business.
to practice chicanery of any sort.
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Origin of pettifog

First recorded in 1605鈥15; back formation from pettifogger 鈥渁mbulance chaser,鈥 equivalent to petty 鈥渋nferior, secondary鈥 + fogger 鈥渟hyster,鈥 from Middle Low German voger or Middle Dutch voeger 鈥渁n arranger, a fixer鈥; akin to Old English gef艒g 鈥渁 joining, a joint鈥; see also petty

OTHER WORDS FROM pettifog

pet路ti路fog路ger, nounpet路ti路fog路ger路y, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pettifog

ambulance chaser, mouthpiece, pettifogger , shyster
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How to use pettifog in a sentence

  • The popular understanding of the word criticize is to find fault, to pettifog.

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British Dictionary definitions for pettifog

pettifog
/ (藞p蓻t瑟藢f蓲伞) /

verb -fogs, -fogging or -fogged
(intr) to be a pettifogger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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