verb (used without object), pettifogged, pettifogging.
to bicker or quibble over trifles or unimportant matters.
to carry on a petty, shifty, or unethical law business.
to practice chicanery of any sort.
Origin: 1605–15; Related forms
back formation from pettifogger,
equivalent to petty
< Middle Low German voger
or Middle Dutch voeger
one who arranges things; akin to Old English gefōg