Definition Of pettifog


quibble about petty points.

Example Of pettifog

  • Pettifoggery has come to mean legal chicanery, and last week a Senate subcommittee consultant used the word to describe a weakness of U.S. negotiators in dealing with Communist powers.

  • He probably thought the auditors were pettifogging about practices ‘everyone does’ and that different auditors wouldn't be so picky.

  • he will rather pettifog and turn common barrator than be out of employment

  • Seeing through Julia's pettifoggery , the judge overruled her frivolous objection.

  • The theological pettifoggery of their literalistic religion has to be read to be believed.

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