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Meaning of PETTIFOG

Pronunciation:  'petee`fâg

WordNet Dictionary
[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
  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