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stick·le

 (stĭk′əl)
intr.v. stick·led, stick·ling, stick·les
1. To argue or contend stubbornly, especially about trivial or petty points.
2. To have or raise objections; scruple.

[Variant of Middle English stightlen, to contend, frequentative of stighten, to arrange, from Old English stihtian, stihtan; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.]
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stickling

(ˈstɪklɪŋ)
n
the act or practice of making insistent demands
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