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quibble

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishquibblequib‧ble1 /ˈkwɪbəl/ verb [intransitive] 🔊 🔊 ARGUEto argue about small unimportant detailsquibble about/over 🔊 Let’s not quibble over minor details.→ See Verb table
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quibbleShe said I owed her twenty dollars. I thought it was twenty-five but I wasn't going to quibble.Come off it, Peter - you're just quibbling.However critical some of the now-fashionable psychologists are of Chodorow, much of the give-and-take amounts to academic quibbling.The one thing you can't quibble about is the voice.Of course, there are things to quibble about, too.There was no point in quibbling over semantics so we went back to Mazzin.But that would be like quibbling over the mole on Cindy Crawford's cheek.Why quibble over whose turn it is to buy lunch? Split it, and forget about it.Few quibbled with the decision of those on Wall Street to serve the nation by continuing to add to its wealth.Whilst some might quibble with the second part of that statement, who could argue with the first?quibble about/overThe one thing you can't quibble about is the voice.But he was not going to quibble about it this time.There was no point in quibbling over semantics so we went back to Mazzin.They are always quibbling about the amount they are prepared to pay their staff while drawing enormous salaries for themselves.But that would be like quibbling over the mole on Cindy Crawford's cheek.I didn't feel like quibbling over the price.Of course, there are things to quibble about, too.This is not just a quibble over words.
quibblequibble2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 CRITICIZEa small complaint or criticism about something unimportant 🔊 I’ve just got a few minor quibbles.
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quibbleClinton should respond by signing on, without a quibble.But these are quibbles, and in no way detract from Jane Brown's achievement.So let bureaucratic quibbles take care of themselves, he decided.The few quibbles with the game are technical in nature.I have a few minor quibbles about the car's performance.Firstly a couple of minor quibbles.They retail at around £14 with a no quibble 12 month guarantee.minor quibblesBut those are just minor quibbles.Firstly a couple of minor quibbles.Yet enough of the old Frank remains to make these minor quibbles.
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Verb table
quibble
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyquibble
he, she, itquibbles
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyquibbled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave quibbled
he, she, ithas quibbled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad quibbled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill quibble
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have quibbled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam quibbling
he, she, itis quibbling
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you, we, theyare quibbling
Past
I, he, she, itwas quibbling
you, we, theywere quibbling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been quibbling
he, she, ithas been quibbling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been quibbling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be quibbling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been quibbling
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