pettifogging


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pettifogging

(ˈpɛtɪˌfɒɡɪŋ)
adj
1. petty: pettifogging details.
2. mean; quibbling: pettifogging lawyers.
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pettifogging

[ˈpetɪfɒgɪŋ] ADJ [detail] → insignificante, nimio; [lawyer] → pedante; [suggestion] → hecho para entenebrecer el asunto

pettifogging

[ˈpɛtifɒgɪŋ] adjchicanier/ière

pettifogging

adj objectionskleinlich; detailsbelanglos; personpedantisch

pettifogging

[ˈpɛtɪˌfɒgɪŋ] adj (details) → insignificante; (objections) → cavilloso/a
References in classic literature ?
We were to be fitted for practice in the courts, not only by our reading, but by a season of pettifogging before justices of the peace, which I looked forward to with no small shrinking of my shy spirit; but what really troubled me most, and was always the grain of sand between my teeth, was Blackstone's confession of his own original preference for literature, and his perception that the law was "a jealous mistress," who would suffer no rival in his affections.
Pickwick, resuming the thread of his discourse--'you are a well-matched pair of mean, rascally, pettifogging robbers.'
Pickwick; 'they are mean, rascally, pettifogging robbers.'
Athos is not a man to be thwarted; he, like Porthos, has obliged his peasantry to call him `my lord,' and to dignify his pettifogging place by the name of chateau.
Here was a man, who could not spell, and did not care to read--who had the habits and the cunning of a boor: whose aim in life was pettifogging: who never had a taste, or emotion, or enjoyment, but what was sordid and foul; and yet he had rank, and honours, and power, somehow: and was a dignitary of the land, and a pillar of the state.
However, I was obliged to begin a prosecution in form, and accordingly my governess found me out a very creditable sort of a man to manage it, being an attorney of very good business, and of a good reputation, and she was certainly in the right of this; for had she employed a pettifogging hedge solicitor, or a man not known, and not in good reputation, I should have brought it to but little.
Consider the whole machinery of the civil law made necessary by these processes; the libraries of ponderous tomes, the courts and juries to interpret them, the lawyers studying to circumvent them, the pettifogging and chicanery, the hatreds and lies!
'With a gentleman's daughter, sir,' returned the sick man, 'and the pettifogging spirit is the same.
"You are an idiot yourself, pettifogging lawyer, base man!
Colombo, April 21 -- While Sri Lankan leaders pettifogging with the forthcoming Presidential and other elections, it is alleged that they have compromised the security of the West and Southern parts of the country hence a serious challenge and threat to country's stability and peace has emerged.
Toward the conclusion of negotiations, even the expected Hardest Liner of All, General George Washington, had had enough of Franklin's pettifogging, and urged him to include more accommodating language, which Franklin finally did.
I decided the remaining lickspittles will vamoose, start caterwauling with those pettifogging over the deal, accuse Mrs May of betrumping them then defenestrate her.