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.
- pet·ti·fog·ger, noun
- pet·ti·fog·ger·y, noun
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How to use pettifog in a sentence
Poor Athenians who are accused of pettifoggery and sophistry!
It was with pettifoggery and intrigues that Greek liberty ended.
What then is pettifoggery but a way of utilizing something established without doing away with it?
British Dictionary definitions for pettifog
(intr) to be a pettifogger
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