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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of cavil.


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  • My criticisms of his recent book are merely "cavils," he charges, designed "to avoid confronting [his] book's conclusions."

    Judging the Age of Jackson: An Exchange

  • In the absence of U.S. leadership, everyone else quarrels, frets and cavils, and we get a concoction like a "political steering committee" to run orders of battle.

    Who's on First?

  • Still, these are modest cavils about what is, all in all, an exemplary installation.

    Opening the Book of American Art

  • But, all cavils aside, there is a lot to enjoy in performances of Amanda Drew as an erotically confused Olivia, and Finty Williams as a bubbly Maria slightly awed by her social superiors.

    Twelfth Night - review | Theatre | Michael Billington

  • But in case one cavils that the word "correct" in this usage is simply a synonym for "accurate," here is a reference from 1931, using it in the policy sense:

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Which is not to say I don't have some gripes, cavils, and observations.

    Iron Guy

  • But I think in the large scheme of things, those cavils fall away because so much of it is so exciting.

    150 Years Of Afghan History In One Theater Marathon

  • Skapinker likes the oath, though he admits that some of the strictures are "bromides," particularly because it sideswipes the fixation on shareholder value, cavils at "short-term bonuses" and -- egads!

    Robert Teitelman: On the Matter of the M.B.A. Oath

  • A couple of minor cavils: the idea of a Presidential-style debate between the party leaders pre-dates the West Wing (which debuted in 1999).

    John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting...

  • Of course, real (and honest) scientists have heard the cavils about the 40's-70's cooling (which is hardly as marked as that shown in your docufiction), and have addressed them.



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