pettifogger


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pettifogger

a lawyer of little importance and now, impliedly, one who is perhaps dubious and who will make small points more for his own gain or pleasure than that of the client.

PETTIFOGGER. One who pretends to be a lawyer, but possessing neither knowledge, law, nor conscience.

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A recurring image that speaks to Klahr's endlessly inventive suite of culturally loaded tableaux is that of the playing card, which figures prominently in the phantasmagoric Pettifogger (as well as in numerous earlier films, such as Altair [1994]).
5 THE PETTIFOGGER (Lewis Klahr) Using his well-honed skills as a collage artist, Klahr delves into Americana circa 1963 in a bold experiment with open-ended narrative structure, utilizing composite image constructions and an evocative sound track.
Farmers are not screaming for some pettifogger to dash their rescue.
According to the New World Dictionary, ``shyster'' means ``one who is professionally unscrupulous, especially in the practice of law or politics; a pettifogger.
the assembly of pettifoggers run mad in Paris"--then it's easy to surmise that he would have been fearful of all of Europe in the grip of the EU bureaucracy.
After lambasting them as pettifoggers, Walsh was approached by one of them--a Cornelius Terhune--who asked that the masters of pettifoggery not be lumped together with the amateurs.
Petals blow off in the autumn wind,'' sings Keyes, "Seek truth, the light of day/While prima donna pettifoggers take it away/Clear the path, lose the trail/Never gonna learn if you're never gonna fail.
With equal logic and insight he made it clear that the language of the Constitution conferring powers on the Government of the United States was the language of everyday realism and common sense--the language of good conscience and grand policy--utterly beyond the tight-fisted tests of pettifoggers at law.
Apparently, Wirral Council's Scrooges and pettifoggers decided the tree was too expensive in these straitened times.
A contemporary account termed it "lamentable" that many "poor men are daily abused and utterly undone by sundry varlets that go about the country as promoters, or brokers between the pettifoggers of the law and the common people, only to kindle and espy coals of contention whereby the one side may reap commodity" (Harrison 1994: 175-76).
Emily Grierson's strategic retreat into the sanctuary of her house after Homer Barron's "desertion" of her is as defiant as it is self-protective, an act of passive resistance directed against a society where the masculine virtues of courtliness, strength, and moral rectitude exemplified by Colonel Sartoris, Judge Stevens, and her father have been supplanted by the doings of scoundrels and pettifoggers.