adjective or noun see pettifogger

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  • Pettifogging — Pet ti*fog ging, a. Paltry; quibbling; mean. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pettifogging — Pet ti*fog ging, n. Pettifoggery. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pettifogging — index bunko, hoax, immoral Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pettifogging — 1570s as a verbal noun; c.1600 as a pp. adjective; see PETTIFOGGER (Cf. pettifogger). A verb pettifog is rare and attested only from 1640s …   Etymology dictionary

  • pettifogging — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ petty; trivial …   English terms dictionary

  • pettifogging — [[t]pe̱tifɒgɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n (disapproval) You can describe an action or situation as pettifogging when you think that unnecessary attention is being paid to unimportant, boring details. [OLD FASHIONED] ...pettifogging bureaucratic interference …   English dictionary

  • 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

  • pettifogging — /pet ee fog ing, faw ging/, adj. 1. insignificant; petty: pettifogging details. 2. dishonest or unethical in insignificant matters; meanly petty. [1570 80; see PETTIFOG, ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • pettifogging — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. shifty, evasive, deceitful; see dishonest 1 , 2 , sly 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • pettifogging — pet|ti|fog|ging [ˈpetiˌfɔgıŋ US ˌfa: , ˌfo: ] adj BrE old fashioned too concerned with small details …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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