pettifogging

[ pet-ee-fog-ing, -faw-ging ]
/ ˈpɛt iˌfɒg ɪŋ, -ˌfɔ gɪŋ /

adjective

insignificant; petty: pettifogging details.
dishonest or unethical in insignificant matters; meanly petty.

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Origin of pettifogging

First recorded in 1570–80; see origin at pettifog, -ing2
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British Dictionary definitions for pettifogging

pettifogging
/ (ˈpɛtɪˌfɒɡɪŋ) /

adjective

pettypettifogging details
mean; quibblingpettifogging lawyers
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