Certainly, a mere machine to hold a pen, and bully in pettifogging suits, cannot be this.
The issues involved are too big and far-reaching for pettifogging methods.
He assailed Mr. Gladstone's financial policy one night, and said it was like the practice of a pettifogging attorney.
None of your pettifogging tribe for me: I shall step to the front, and stay there.
It is at best but a pettifogging, pickthank business to decompose actions into little personal motives, and explain heroism away.
The pettifogging of disobliging illwill could go no further.
The old procureur and his president applied all their pettifogging cunning to lowering the debate.
A snap judgment was to be taken by these pettifogging diplomats.
Looked at with the unclouded eye of a mystic, how mundane and unnecessary all these pettifogging transactions seemed.
Their President is a low person, and all their ideas of government are pettifogging.