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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpettifoggingpet‧ti‧fog‧ging /ˈpetiˌfɒɡɪŋ $ -ˌfɑː-, -ˌfɒː-/ adjective British English old-fashioned  UNIMPORTANTtoo concerned with small details
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pettifoggingThrough most of its existence, the Council has viewed itself as a slightly pettifogging, rather legalistic arbitrator.
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