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pettifogging

adjective     /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 Of little or less importanceWanting everything to be right Pettifogging rules or details are too small and not important enough to give attention to.Of little or less importance
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