from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A petty, quibbling, unscrupulous lawyer.
- n. One who quibbles over trivia.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone who quibbles over trivia, and raises petty, annoying objections.
- n. An unscrupulous or unethical lawyer, especially one of lesser skill.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lawyer who deals in petty cases; an attorney whose methods are mean and tricky; an inferior lawyer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inferior attorney or lawyer who is employed in small or mean business.
- n. The rockling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a disputant who quibbles; someone who raises annoying petty objections
- n. a person (especially a lawyer or politician) who uses unscrupulous or unethical methods
He had long been reading law in his curious, spasmodically concentrated way, and he had practised a little as a "pettifogger," that is, an unlicensed practitioner in the inferior courts.
Before this I had ventured to try a few law cases before justices of the peace, both in the country, in villages, and in the city, and I had some professional triumphs, occasionally over a regular attorney, but more commonly meeting the "pettifogger," who was of
Slavery and Four Years of War, Vol. 1-2 A Political History of Slavery in the United States Together With a Narrative of the Campaigns and Battles of the Civil War In Which the Author Took Part: 1861-1865
The unintended consequence is empowerment of the moneyed few that can still afford the overpriced beltway pettifogger who knows the ropes.
The chief pettifogger and Energizer Bunny for the pro-Clinton forces was political strategist James Carville, whose official title was Senior Political Adviser to the President.
Although now I have to thank you Andy Pandy because I'm now aware that I'm a pettifogger sense 2.
Giving new meaning to the terms “Philadelphia Lawyer”, “pettifogger”, “law monger”.
Wondering: why people watch entertainment tv. .still .... that, and why words like pettifogger aren't used in the everyday anymore.
“Pray, who mentioned money, Mr. Meiklewham?” said her ladyship. — “That wretched old pettifogger,” she added in
To do otherwise faces America with the stark choice of going to War with Russia because some pettifogger who is Head of State in one of those Countries has a bone to pick, and picks it because NATO is with us, or withdrawing from the NATO Treaty rather than go to War.
If Lavater had studied this visage, he would have found the vulture mingled with the attorney there, the bird of prey and the pettifogger rendering each other mutually hideous and complementing each other; the pettifogger making the bird of prey ignoble, the bird of prey making the pettifogger horrible.
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