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pettifogging

[ pet-ee-fog-ing, -faw-ging ]SEE DEFINITION OF pettifogging

Synonyms for pettifogging

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Antonyms for pettifogging

  • agree
  • concur
  • face
  • give in
  • meet
  • tell truth
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PETTIFOGGING

The issues involved are too big and far-reaching for pettifogging methods.

Why, you would not take such a pettifogging advantage of an old comrade as that.

It was just as well not to have a pettifogging lawyer to deal with.

None of your pettifogging tribe for me: I shall step to the front, and stay there.

The pettifogging of disobliging illwill could go no further.

A snap judgment was to be taken by these pettifogging diplomats.

They will go on with their pettifogging and their pawnbroking, and that is enough reward for them.

Their President is a low person, and all their ideas of government are pettifogging.

But there is a pettifogging cult about that says you ought to know these things; moreover, children keep on asking one.

Then what is all your pettifogging about technicalities worth?

WORD ORIGIN

1570s as a verbal noun; c.1600 as a past participle adjective; see pettifogger. A verb pettifog is rare and attested only from 1640s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PETTIFOGGING

fault-finding

adjectivecritical
  • captious
  • carping
  • fussy
  • hairsplitting
  • hard to please
  • hypercritical
  • nagging
  • niggling
  • nit-picking
  • overcritical
  • pettifogging
  • quibbling
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