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pettifogging

adjective uk   /ˈpet.ɪˌfɒɡ.ɪŋ/  us   /ˈpet̬.ɪˌfɑː.ɡɪŋ/ old-fashioned disapproving
Pettifogging people give too much attention to small details that are not important in a way that shows a limited mind: pettifogging lawyers Pettifogging rules or details are too small and not important enough to give attention to.
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