insignificant; petty: pettifogging details.
dishonest or unethical in insignificant matters; meanly petty.
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How to use pettifogging in a sentence
He is only a pettifogging country Squire, whose views on the Land Question are ob-solete in tot-to.Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
Dare not say it is, or I will, upon the spot, divorce your pettifogging soul from your carrion carcass!The Fortunes of Nigel | Sir Walter Scott
By conforming to the Laws of this Universe; instead of trying by pettifogging to evade and profitably contradict them.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. III. (of XXI.) | Thomas Carlyle
I think you're nothing but a pettifogging lawyer—that there ain't no partner, and I'm no better'n a fool to talk to you.Max Fargus | Owen Johnson
The pettifogging objections to some social plan had very little chance of survival owing to the dynamic power of the reformers.A Preface to Politics | Walter Lippmann
British Dictionary definitions for pettifogging
petty: pettifogging details
mean; quibbling: pettifogging lawyers
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