pettifogging


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His love of nature and landscape is infectious but stray from the topic of the great outdoors and into the world of pettifogging bureaucrats and the sky will darken and the storm clouds will gather.
Logically, being a famous musician should go hand in hand with releasing good music but Akothee grabbed this stereotype and tossed it out of the window class="MsoNormalThe manner in which she carries herself does the great work of smoothing over any pettifogging around her legitimacy and relevance to the industry.
To compound the problem, Universal Credit demeans and abuses claimants by its bureaucracy, pettifogging rules and vicious sanctions.
At the end of the little unpleasantness that ensued, General Cornwallis surrendered to General Washington, and free of our pettifogging rapacity and incompetent interference, you were able to turn towards the construction of a new polity, founded upon a new constitution.
Some of the MPs, who seemed to think that lowering overheads and growing a business were somehow reprehensible objectives rather than business imperatives, looked pettifogging as they attempted to trap him.
One must grant to Surtz, however, that at least part of More's concern--more moderate than that of Colet--is not that the scholastics were too Aristotelian (at least in philosophy), but that they had buried the real Aristotle in a host of pettifogging commentators.
Despite a mass of detail it does not address the underlying feeling of resentment felt by many who see Brussels as a provider of pettifogging rules and regulations - and generally interfering in our affairs.
If you survive one, having the aircraft totaled will seem like a pettifogging detail compared to being alive.
This second volume audaciously rereads the early Augustine against himself, not only to disambiguate Manichaeism from the North African's pettifogging but also to present a subversive interpretation of Augustine as a novice Nicene Christian.
(50) William Camden described "Frantick" Hacket as a man of vulgar, mean background who taught that "it was lawful for a true Christian, though a country peasant, to inform kings how to sway the sceptre and to depose the queen herself'; he noted that Patrick Cullen, purportedly another would-be killer of the queen, was an Irish fencing master; he depicted Edward Squire, accused of trying to poison Elizabeth, as "one of the ordinary sort of men, who having been first a pettifogging clerk, afterwards an under servant in the queen's stable, and [then] a solider in Drake's last voyage." (51) References to the low status of supposed assassins may have represented attempts to discredit and demean, but need not be discounted.