"But you did stickle about words an hour ago," said Mr. Hempstead, with some severity.
But the magistrate was not in a frame of mind to stickle for nicety of expression.
Cringe, in the sense of to constrain; and so to stickle, or haggle.
I would not stickle about hours, but the money and the drink are very just.
I am not disposed to stickle for this particular phraseology.