pettifogging

pettifogging

[pet-ee-fog-ing, -faw-ging]

Origin:
1570–80; see pettifog, -ing2

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pettifog

[pet-ee-fog, -fawg]
verb (used without object), pettifogged, pettifogging.
1.
to bicker or quibble over trifles or unimportant matters.
2.
to carry on a petty, shifty, or unethical law business.
3.
to practice chicanery of any sort.

Origin:
1605–15; back formation from pettifogger, equivalent to petty + fogger < Middle Low German voger or Middle Dutch voeger one who arranges things; akin to Old English gefōg a joining

pettifogger, noun
pettifoggery, noun

ambulance chaser, mouthpiece, pettifogger, shyster.
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pettifog (ˈpɛtɪˌfɒɡ)
 
vb , -fogs, -fogging, -fogged
(intr) to be a pettifogger

pettifogging (ˈpɛtɪˌfɒɡɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  petty: pettifogging details
2.  mean; quibbling: pettifogging lawyers

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