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pettifoggingadjective

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