Definitions for: Pettifog


[v] argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pet"ti*fog, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pettifogged; p. pr.
& vb. n. Pettifogging.] [Petty + fog to pettifog.]
To do a petty business as a lawyer; also, to do law business
in a petty or tricky way. ``He takes no money, but pettifogs
gratis.'' --S. Butler.


Pet"ti*fog, v. t.
To advocate like a pettifogger; to argue trickily; as, to
pettifog a claim. [Colloq.]

Synonyms: bicker, brabble, niggle, quibble, squabble

See Also: argue, contend, debate, fence

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