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Saturday, March 06, 2004

Definitions for pettifogger

  1. A petty, unscrupulous lawyer; a shyster.
  2. A person who quibbles over trivia.

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Citations for pettifogger
A more respectable-looking individual was never seen; he really looked what he was, a gentleman of the law -- there was nothing of the pettifogger about him. George Borrow, Lavengro
The nitpickers, the whiners, the pettifoggers are everywhere. Bill Kraus, Capital Times
Origin of pettifogger
Pettifogger is probably from petty + obsolete fogger, "pettifogger."