- A noisy quarrel about something petty or trivial: family squabblesMore example sentences
- We've survived distance, illness and family squabbles and with every challenge we overcome, we get a little closer.
- He doesn't have time for his family's petty squabbles, or lounging around in bars with his mates.
- During a family squabble, my parents told us exactly how ‘disappointed’ they were in us.
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- Quarrel noisily over a trivial matter: the boys were squabbling over a ballMore example sentences
- We already have too many boys squabbling over too many toys.
- It's fun to watch when the candidates start arguing between themselves, squabbling like petty children.
- Our four-year-old twins (age gap: two minutes) have fought and squabbled since they grasped the concept of owning anything.
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- In return, Auckland City has been governed by petty squabblers who indulge in personal attacks on each other.
- This week it's The Taming of the Shrew, Franco Zeffirelli's 1967 adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy about two squabblers (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) who fall in love.
early 17th century: probably imitative; compare with Swedish dialect skvabbel 'a dispute'.