pettifogging

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Verb[edit]

pettifogging

  1. present participle of pettifog

Noun[edit]

pettifogging (plural pettifoggings)

  1. pettifoggery
    • 1858–1865, Thomas Carlyle, History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Called Frederick the Great, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: Chapman and Hall, [], OCLC 156109991:
      [] lost in such a jungle of intrigues, pettifoggings, treacheries, diplomacies domestic and foreign []
    • 1967' Endless Night by Agatha Cristie
      It's lots of other pettifogging, degrading things. Things you have to endure, things you never have to think about until they happen to you.