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pet·ti·fog  audio  (pt-fg, -fôg) KEY 

intr.v.
pet·ti·fogged, pet·ti·fog·ging, pet·ti·fogs
To act like a pettifogger. See Synonyms at quibble.

ETYMOLOGY:
Back-formation from pettifogger


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