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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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He has [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII];(41) the pettifoggers have a paltry soul and are engaged in a battle for their life or soul.
The people seem to be holding on to this stubborn notion that calling something a constitutional right doesn't make it one, despite the best our theorists and pettifoggers can do.
Once told that law review is important, they will soon argue heatedly--as I overheard a gaggle of future pettifoggers do--over the existence of that mythical beast, the italicized period.
AND Mr Brocklebank would like to thank all the teachers, cab drivers, broadcasters, councillors, clergy, vice chancellors, old sea salts, plaque designers, professors, pensioners, pursers, gossip-pedlars, pettifoggers, prod-noses, sticky-beaks, sawbones, scuttlebutts, scandal-mongers, shovelbums, more cab drivers, tongue-waggers, tittle-tattlers, ear-benders, effluent-stirrers, rumour-spreaders, muck-spreaders, loose-lipped leakers and cab drivers who once had a key local government non-gender specific community operative "in the back" who make compiling this column such a delight.