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Pettifogger   Listen

A person (especially a lawyer or politician) who uses unscrupulous or unethical methods.  Synonym: shyster.
A disputant who quibbles; someone who raises annoying petty objections.  Synonyms: caviler, caviller, quibbler.

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"Pettifogger" Quotes from Famous Books

... summons, when you have obtained it a hundred times." "Pray," said one red recorder, "what have you to advance against us?" "What?" said Death. "Drinking the sweat and blood of the poor, and levying double your wages." "Here is an honest man," replied the recorder, pointing to a pettifogger behind him, "who knows that we have never done any thing but what was fair; and it is not fair of you to detain us here, without a specific crime to prove against us." "Hey, hey!" said Death, "you shall prove against ...
— The Sleeping Bard - or, Visions of the World, Death, and Hell • Ellis Wynne

Words linked to "Pettifogger" :   offender, malcontent, caviller, wrongdoer, pettifog, shyster, caviler

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