• (British) IPA: /ˈpɛt.iˌfɒɡ/

pettifog (pettifogs, present participle pettifogging; past and past participle pettifogged)

  1. To quibble over trivial matters; nitpick.
    Don't pettifog or we will soon grow weary.
  2. To do a petty business as a lawyer, or carry out law business in a petty or tricky way.
    • S. Butler
      He is a common barreter for his pleasure, that takes no money, but pettifogs gratis.
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