Definition of pettifogging adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pettifogging

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈpetɪfɒɡɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpetɪfɔːɡɪŋ//
 
, NAmE//ˈpetɪfɑːɡɪŋ//
 
[only before noun](old-fashioned)
 
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paying too much attention to unimportant details; concerned with unimportant things synonym petty pettifogging officials pettifogging little details
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pettifogging