verb (used without object), pet·ti·fogged, pet·ti·fog·ging.
Words nearby pettifog
Origin of pettifog
OTHER WORDS FROM pettifogpet·ti·fog·ger, nounpet·ti·fog·ger·y, noun
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He perhaps mistakes me for what you call a—a pettifogger, is it not?A Daughter of the Dons|William MacLeod Raine
Pettifogger, pet′i-fog-ėr, n. a lawyer who practises only in paltry cases.
He is always bringing writs of error, like a pettifogger, and reversing of judgments, though the case be never so plain.
The pettifogger capitulates to his invincible adversary, and acknowledges in him one whose dogmas it were irreverent to doubt.
This lawyer, Overend by name, was a sort of pettifogger, who laid himself out for poor men's work.The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant|Alexander Johnstone Wilson