Pettifogger meaning

pĕtē-fŏgər, -fôgər
The definition of a pettifogger is a lawyer who handles minor cases using unethical manors, or a cheater.

An example of a pettifogger is someone who spends a lot of time fighting over unimportant issues in the courtroom.

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A lawyer who handles petty cases, esp. one who uses unethical methods in conducting trumped-up cases.
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A trickster; cheater.
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A lawyer whose practice involves petty matters or who lacks sound legal judgment or skills.
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One who quibbles over trivia.
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A quibbler; caviler.
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Someone who quibbles over trivia, and raises petty, annoying objections.
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An unscrupulous or unethical lawyer, especially one of lesser skill.
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Origin of pettifogger

  • Probably petty obsolete fogger pettifogger (probably akin to obsolete German Fugger successful merchant, usurer, huckster) (after the House of Fugger)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From petty + fogger.

    From Wiktionary