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  • He preferred to be “a bold Dragoon” rather than “a petty-fogger lawyer.”

    Cavalryman of the Lost Cause

  • As Mrs. Whitefield had no reason to suspect that the petty-fogger had any motive or temptation to abuse Jones, the reader cannot blame her for believing what he so confidently affirmed with many oaths.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • This fellow, I say, stiled himself a lawyer, but was indeed a most vile petty-fogger, without sense or knowledge of any kind; one of those who may be termed train-bearers to the law; a sort of supernumeraries in the profession, who are the hackneys of attorneys, and will ride more miles for half-a-crown than a postboy.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • Jones had no sooner quitted the room, than the petty-fogger, in

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • Jones answered all his questions with much civility, though he never remembered to have seen the petty-fogger before; and though he concluded, from the outward appearance and behaviour of the man, that he usurped a freedom with his betters, to which he was by no means intitled.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • Bell; the character of that house, and of a petty-fogger which he there meets with

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • Jones arrives at Gloucester, and goes to the Bell; the character of that house, and of a petty-fogger which he there meets with

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • The petty-fogger now likewise departed, and then Jones desired the favour of Mrs. Whitefield’s company to drink tea with him; but she refused, and with a manner so different from that with which she had received him at dinner, that it a little surprized him.

    VIII. Jones Arrives at Gloucester, and Goes to the Bell. Book VIII

  • Jones had no sooner quitted the room, than the petty-fogger, in a whispering tone, asked Mrs. Whitefield, “If she knew what that fine spark was?

    VIII. Jones Arrives at Gloucester, and Goes to the Bell. Book VIII

  • Chapter viii -- Jones arrives at Gloucester, and goes to the Bell; the character of that house, and of a petty-fogger which he there meets with.

    History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

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  • Petty-Fogger: a lawyer whose methods are petty, underhanded, or disreputable

    November 10, 2014