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petty

of lesser importance.
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Letice's mask slips when she accuses Granny of trying to "undermine her authority" (123) and pettily puts a nasty sign on Granny's jar of homemade jam (128).
(36) This list of pettily unattractive character flaws could extended almost indefinitely, making it all the more striking that the comparatively few moments in which Zeluco approaches a form of Gothic grandeur in his wrongdoing swamps them so completely in the final impression left on readers.
In her ignorant folly she is like Lydia but rather more cynical: she wants to drive a hard bargain (though, pettily, it comes down to the "pinmoney" [64]).
Must the two biggest clubs in England act so pettily, so disgracefully, when they play one another?
According to Ms Coles' advocacy worker the council only agreed to fund the course when he threatened to go to the press - but rather pettily refused to meet two months' fees.
Probably as much as I find tiresome reading stories of people who pettily market themselves as the poor, brown Mexicans who made it big.
Our approach was absurd, counter-productive and, often, pettily vicious--that tends to happen when civilian appointees, determined to impose their theories on reality, reach down to adjust the smallest pieces on the battlefield.
Beside spatial cases like rumschieben 'push around', we find atransitives like rumflicken 'do minor repairs', rumkritisieren 'criticize pettily', rumdiskutieren 'discuss (in place of action)', ruminstallieren 'install useless programs', rumstipulieren 'stipulate rather than explain', rumerklaren 'explain away unconvincingly', rumformulieren 'do minor formulating' (from an obligatorily transitive verb).
I have watched three games and in all three he reacted pettily on numerous occassions.
I think two-inch and three-inch." That even writers as formidable as Frazier and McPhee have yielded to such pedestrian rehearsals is testimony to the pettily autobiographical frenzy that has lately seized American essayists--a frenzy for cozy, complacent, and oddly insular self-revelation that has swallowed them up numbers.
(63) But in Oriental Daily Publisher Ltd v Ming Pao Holdings Ltd, Yuen J held that saying that the newspaper was acting pettily and was over-reacting, and that it was not being fair and balanced or acting ethically, were statements of opinion and met the requirements of fair comment.
Amazing how people find it remarkably easy to do and say pettily rude things to black people that they would never dream of saying and doing to whites.