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Meaning of PETTIFOG

Pronunciation:  'petee`fâg

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies"
 

PETTIFOG is a 8 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: bicker, brabble, niggle, quibble, squabble
 
 See Also: argue, contend, debate, fence

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
    
    
  2. \Pet"ti*fog\, v. t.
    To advocate like a pettifogger; to argue trickily; as, to
    pettifog a claim. [Colloq.]
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: 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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