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PETIT, sometimes corrupted into petty. A French word signifying little, small. It is frequently used, as petit larceny, petit jury, petit treason.

PETIT, TREASON, English law. The killing of a master by his servant; a husband by his wife; a superior by a secular or religious man. In the United States this is like any other murder. See High, Treason; Treason.

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Clayton and fellow engine room hero Grant Leadbitter were last week compared to Arsenal's awesome French duo of Petit and Patrick Vieira by Sky Sports' hyperbolic pundit Ian Holloway.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, sporting an almost cliched French accent, is wonderful as the arrogant yet charismatic Petit.
A former team-mate of Henry at Monaco, Arsenal and in the France national team, Petit described the prevailing attitude towards the striker as "hypocritical and cowardly".
Petit was Chairman and CEO of Matria Healthcare, he provided information to a friend who made two purchases of Matria stock.
Ex-Gunners midfielder Petit believes Wenger's men will see off Chelsea, another of his former clubs, in the Capital One Cup and it will put them on the road to success.
Laurent Cabioch, general manager of Fashion & Lifestyle at Al Khayyat Investments, said: "We are extremely delighted to open this flagship store for Petit Bateau in Dubai Mall.
Petit was, as French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said Sunday, "one of the major choreographers of the 20th century.
Jeanmaire, ballerina turned music hall performer who collaborated with her husband, and the couple's daughter Valentine, saluted Petit as "not only a great innovator .
Petit said: "There seems to be a curse around the club at the moment.
Unfortunately for connections of Petit Robin, that still leaves him officially 8lb shy of Paul Nicholls-trained favourite Twist Magic when the pair clash off level weights today.
He was born and raised in Worcester, son of the late Archie and Lois (Hartley) Petit.