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Definition of pettifog:

  1. To advocate like a pettifogger; to argue trickily; as, to pettifog a claim.
  2. To do a petty business as a lawyer; also, to do law business in a petty or tricky way.

Synonyms:

niggle, pick to pieces, fret, quibble, squabble, bicker, support, brabble, nitpick, carp, cavil, fuss.

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