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stickle

[stik-uh l] /ˈstɪk əl/
verb (used without object), stickled, stickling.
1.
to argue or haggle insistently, especially on trivial matters.
2.
to raise objections; scruple; demur.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; variant of obsolete stightle to set in order, frequentative of stight to set in order, Middle English stighten, Old English stihtan to arrange; cognate with German stiften, Old Norse stētta to set up
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British Dictionary definitions for stickle

stickle

/ˈstɪkəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to dispute stubbornly, esp about minor points
2.
to refuse to agree or concur, esp by making petty stipulations
Word Origin
C16 stightle (in the sense: to arbitrate): frequentative of Old English stihtan to arrange; related to Old Norse stētta to support
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