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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Definitions for pettifogger

  1. A petty, unscrupulous lawyer; a shyster.
  2. A person who quibbles over trivia.

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Citations for pettifogger
A more respectable-looking individual was never seen; he really looked what he was, a gentleman of the law -- there was nothing of the pettifogger about him. George Borrow, Lavengro
The nitpickers, the whiners, the pettifoggers are everywhere. Bill Kraus, Capital Times
Origin of pettifogger
1605-1615
Pettifogger is probably from petty + obsolete fogger, "pettifogger."