use pettifogging in a sentence.
This Mrs. Baxter called a pettifogging trick, and she pursued her parallel till the same terms were obviously indicated as appropriate to Quisanté's conduct.
'GRACCHUS,' as the town called him, was a broken-down lawyer, who, as he got old, had prostituted the talents of his early days to the meanest kind of pettifogging and rascality.
The pettifogging was also meant to counterbalance the Clinton White House's own ethical woes.
Okay, before some pettifogging comment-lawyer jumps on me, criminality is not perfectly inverse to IQ: there is an IQ threshold below which individuals are too disabled even for a career of violent crime.
Only a pettifogging fool would refuse to see the common thread and blather on about “ignoring the specificity.”