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pettifog v : argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies" [syn: quibble, niggle, bicker, squabble, brabble] [also: pettifogging, pettifogged]

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  1. To quibble of trivial matters; nitpick
    ''We soon grew weary of his petifogging.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

argue, argufy, bandy words, bicker, carp, catch at straws, cavil, choplogic, contend, contest, cross swords, cut and thrust, cut up, discept, dispute, fault-find, find fault, give and take, hassle, have it out, join issue, lock horns, logomachize, moot, nitpick, pick holes, pick to pieces, plead, polemicize, polemize, pull apart, pull to pieces, quibble, spar, take exception, take sides, tear apart, tear to pieces, thrash out, try conclusions, wrangle
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