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.
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
To compound the problem, Universal Credit demeans and abuses claimants by its bureaucracy, pettifogging
rules and vicious sanctions.
At the end of the little unpleasantness that ensued, General Cornwallis surrendered to General Washington, and free of our pettifogging
rapacity and incompetent interference, you were able to turn towards the construction of a new polity, founded upon a new constitution.
Some of the MPs, who seemed to think that lowering overheads and growing a business were somehow reprehensible objectives rather than business imperatives, looked pettifogging
as they attempted to trap him.
One must grant to Surtz, however, that at least part of More's concern--more moderate than that of Colet--is not that the scholastics were too Aristotelian (at least in philosophy), but that they had buried the real Aristotle in a host of pettifogging