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Synonyms for pettifogger

a person (especially a lawyer or politician) who uses unscrupulous or unethical methods


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a disputant who quibbles

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(22.) As Casillo has noted, words like "wanglers" and "pettifoggers" are Poundian code for Jews, whom he came increasingly to blame for rhetorical obfuscation and imprecision:
Emily Grierson's strategic retreat into the sanctuary of her house after Homer Barron's "desertion" of her is as defiant as it is self-protective, an act of passive resistance directed against a society where the masculine virtues of courtliness, strength, and moral rectitude exemplified by Colonel Sartoris, Judge Stevens, and her father have been supplanted by the doings of scoundrels and pettifoggers. In short, there is in Faulkner's Emily a dignified power and an iron will (she remains to the end her father's daughter) that seem at odds with the self-effacing gentility of the Belle of Amherst.
[53] As Ruth Dudgeon points out, however, the "pre-reform legal structure continued to operate in Siberia until 1898" and neither sworn nor private advocates were necessary in "the lowest courts (mirovoisud)." Thus women could practice law in some areas or cases at the level of amateur pettifoggers, a situation that led some western observers to believe that the Russian legal profession was much more open to women than it was.
Despite protests by political pettifoggers, experience teaches that there is no practical difference between buying an official's action and buying exclusive access to the official.
Pierre, in a mocking reference to Southerners who would take to the courts in order to retrieve their runaways, believes that his cousin will not balk at physical fighting to regain Lucy: "Glen had more grapey blood in him" than to "fall back slinking into a court, and hire with sops a pack of yelping pettifoggers to fight the battle so valiantly thus proclaimed" (pp.
He has [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII];(41) the pettifoggers have a paltry soul and are engaged in a battle for their life or soul.(42) Theodorus, however, for all of the purity of his attitude, is not unattracted by Protagoras.
The people seem to be holding on to this stubborn notion that calling something a constitutional right doesn't make it one, despite the best our theorists and pettifoggers can do.
Once told that law review is important, they will soon argue heatedly--as I overheard a gaggle of future pettifoggers do--over the existence of that mythical beast, the italicized period.
urine-ish] liquor, a drink devized by Puritans and Pettifoggers to settle the Spittle of their palats that theire tongues may yet run more at liberty; that villanous Drench has been the Bane of the Butterie.
AND Mr Brocklebank would like to thank all the teachers, cab drivers, broadcasters, councillors, clergy, vice chancellors, old sea salts, plaque designers, professors, pensioners, pursers, gossip-pedlars, pettifoggers, prod-noses, sticky-beaks, sawbones, scuttlebutts, scandal-mongers, shovelbums, more cab drivers, tongue-waggers, tittle-tattlers, ear-benders, effluent-stirrers, rumour-spreaders, muck-spreaders, loose-lipped leakers and cab drivers who once had a key local government non-gender specific community operative "in the back" who make compiling this column such a delight.