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quibble

verb bicker, cavil, contend with, differ, dispute, dissent, equivocate, fence, haggle, join issue, oppose, palter, quarrel, tergiversate, wrangle
See also: equivocate, haggle, prevaricate, tergiversate

QUIBBLE. A slight difficulty raised without necessity or propriety; a cavil.
     2. No justly eminent member of the bar will resort to a quibble in his argument. It is contrary to his oath, which is to be true to the court as well as to the client; and bad policy because by resorting to it, he will lose his character as a man of probity.

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John Stamos and Melissa George star as Johnny and Rita, crack cat burglars who meet (after he first sees her in a bikini so tiny every millimeter was no doubt quibbled over with Standards and Practices, they both try to scam one another), flirt mercilessly (``Thieves'' is the second series, after ``Crossing Jordan,'' that employs handcuffs as ersatz foreplay) then botch their daring daylight jewel heist (Johnny locks the keys in the car).
If critics quibbled over ``The Matrix's'' value as a sci-fi movie, none of them denied the fact that the special effects in the film are groundbreaking and jaw dropping.