The actions of a pettifogger; a trivial quarrel.
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This proves, according to Ezra, that conservative and Republican opposition to the current iteration of the individual mandate is just legal pettifoggery and political opportunism.
Of such squeamish pettifoggery are cultural declines made!
Rehnquist's disdain for drawn-out cases and pettifoggery by lawyers is legendary.
Then there are Rice's own inconsistencies in her public statements, the transcripts of which are a gold mine of contradiction and pettifoggery.
When a sergeant at the Police Academy asked Mr. Conlon if he had really attended Harvard, he replied with a pettifoggery worthy of his white-shoe classmates: "Not lately, Sarge" is the literal truth camouflaged as sarcasm.