- Pettifog is to argue over unimportant things.
An example of pettifog is to fight over who is going to be the first person to read the newspaper on a certain morning.
intransitive verb pet·ti·fogged, pet·ti·fog·ging, pet·ti·fogs
Origin: Back-formation from pettifogger.
Variant of pettifogger
- a lawyer who handles petty cases, esp. one who uses unethical methods in conducting trumped-up cases
- a trickster; cheater
- a quibbler; caviler
Origin: petty plush obsolete fogger from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
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