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adjective as in piddling

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He is only a pettifogging country Squire, whose views on the Land Question are ob-solete in tot-to.

Dare not say it is, or I will, upon the spot, divorce your pettifogging soul from your carrion carcass!

By conforming to the Laws of this Universe; instead of trying by pettifogging to evade and profitably contradict them.

I think you're nothing but a pettifogging lawyer—that there ain't no partner, and I'm no better'n a fool to talk to you.

The pettifogging objections to some social plan had very little chance of survival owing to the dynamic power of the reformers.


On this page you'll find 128 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to pettifogging, such as: captious, carping, fussy, hairsplitting, hard-to-please, and hypercritical.

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