Pettifogged
Pettifog Pet"ti*fog, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pettifogged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pettifogging}.] [Petty + fog to pettifog.] To do a petty business as a lawyer; also, to do law business in a petty or tricky way. ``He takes no money, but pettifogs gratis.'' --S. Butler. [1913 Webster]

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  • pettifogged — petɪfÉ‘g , fÉ”g / fÉ’g v. cheat, deceive; swindle, defraud …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Pettifog — Pet ti*fog, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pettifogged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pettifogging}.] [Petty + fog to pettifog.] To do a petty business as a lawyer; also, to do law business in a petty or tricky way. He takes no money, but pettifogs gratis. S. Butler.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pettifogging — Pettifog Pet ti*fog, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pettifogged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pettifogging}.] [Petty + fog to pettifog.] To do a petty business as a lawyer; also, to do law business in a petty or tricky way. He takes no money, but pettifogs gratis. S …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pettifogger — [pet′i fäg΄ər, pet′ifôg΄ər; pet′ēfäg΄ər, pet′ēfôg΄ər] n. 〚 PETTY + obs. fogger < ?〛 1. a lawyer who handles petty cases, esp. one who uses unethical methods in conducting trumped up cases 2. a trickster; cheater 3. a quibbler; caviler pettifog …   Universalium

  • pettifog — pettifogger, n. pettifoggery, n. /pet ee fog , fawg /, v.i., pettifogged, pettifogging. 1. to bicker or quibble over trifles or unimportant matters. 2. to carry on a petty, shifty, or unethical law business. 3. to practice chicanery of any sort.… …   Universalium

  • pettifog — verb (pettifogs, pettifogging, pettifogged) archaic 1》 quibble about petty points. 2》 practise legal deception or trickery. Derivatives pettifoggery noun Origin C17: back form. from pettifogger …   English new terms dictionary

  • pettifog — /ˈpɛtifɒg / (say peteefog) verb (i) (pettifogged, pettifogging) 1. to quibble over petty details. 2. to carry on a petty or shifty law business. 3. to practise chicanery of any sort. {backformation from pettifogger, from petty + fogger (of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • pettifogger — [pet′i fäg΄ər, pet′ifôg΄ər; pet′ēfäg΄ər, pet′ēfôg΄ər] n. [ PETTY + obs. fogger < ?] 1. a lawyer who handles petty cases, esp. one who uses unethical methods in conducting trumped up cases 2. a trickster; cheater 3. a quibbler; caviler pettifog …   English World dictionary

  • pettifog — v.intr. (pettifogged, pettifogging) 1 practise legal deception or trickery. 2 quibble or wrangle about petty points. Etymology: back form. f. PETTIFOGGER …   Useful english dictionary

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