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4 definitions found
 for pettifog
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pettifog \Pet"ti*fog\, v. t.
     To advocate like a pettifogger; to argue trickily; as, to
     pettifog a claim. [Colloq.]
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pettifog \Pet"ti*fog\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pettifogged; p. pr.
     & vb. n. Pettifogging.] [Petty + fog to pettifog.]
     1. 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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To debate or quarrel over unimportant, trifling matters.
        [PJC]
  
     3. To use subterfuge, deception, or flattery for any purpose;
        to practice chicanery.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  pettifog
      v 1: argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies"
           [syn: quibble, niggle, pettifog, bicker,
           squabble, brabble]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  41 Moby Thesaurus words for "pettifog":
     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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