Placing undue emphasis on petty details; petty or trivial: pettifogging attorneys were the bane of civil society
More example sentences
- Their concern was brushed off as a pettifogging detail rather than an understandable concern.
- The one thing that Labour has been entirely consistent about is its pettifogging parliamentarism, its proceduralism, its gradualism and its timidity before capital and the Establishment.
- Only the most Lilliputian of political outlooks could consider these kind of pettifogging government measures ‘bold and far-reaching’.
Definition of pettifogging in:
- The US English dictionary