stickle

stickle

[stik-uhl]
verb (used without object), stickled, stickling.
1.
to argue or haggle insistently, especially on trivial matters.
2.
to raise objections; scruple; demur.

Origin:
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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stickle (ˈstɪkəl)
 
vb
1.  to dispute stubbornly, esp about minor points
2.  to refuse to agree or concur, esp by making petty stipulations
 
[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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