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 for bickering
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bicker \Bick"er\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bickered; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Bickering.] [OE. bikeren, perh. fr. Celtic; cf. W. bicra
     to fight, bicker, bicre conflict, skirmish; perh. akin to E.
     beak.]
     1. To skirmish; to exchange blows; to fight. [Obs.]
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              Two eagles had a conflict, and bickered together.
                                                    --Holland.
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     2. To contend in petulant altercation; to wrangle.
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              Petty things about which men cark and bicker.
                                                    --Barrow.
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     3. To move quickly and unsteadily, or with a pattering noise;
        to quiver; to be tremulous, like flame.
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              They [streamlets] bickered through the sunny shade.
                                                    --Thomson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bickering \Bick"er*ing\, n.
     1. A skirmishing. "Frays and bickerings." --Milton.
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     2. Altercation; wrangling.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bickering
      n 1: a quarrel about petty points [syn: bicker, bickering,
           spat, tiff, squabble, pettifoggery, fuss]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  140 Moby Thesaurus words for "bickering":
     Kilkenny cats, aflicker, aggressive, aggressiveness, altercation,
     apologetics, apologia, apology, argument, argumentation, bellicose,
     bellicosity, belligerence, belligerent, bicker, blinking, boggling,
     captious, captiousness, casuistry, cat-and-dog life, caviling,
     chicane, chicanery, choplogic, combat, combative, combativeness,
     conflict, contention, contentiousness, contest, contestation,
     controversy, cut and thrust, dancing, debate, defense, disputation,
     disputatious, dispute, dissension, dissent, dissidence, divisive,
     dodging, embroilment, enmity, equivocation, equivocatory, eristic,
     evasion, evasive, faction, factional, factious, factiousness,
     fencing, fighting, flak, flashing, flickering, flickery, flicky,
     fluttering, fluttery, flyting, hairsplitting, hassle, hedging,
     hostility, hubbub, infighting, irascibility, irascible,
     irritability, irritable, lambent, litigation, litigious,
     litigiousness, logic-chopping, logomachy, nit-picking, paltering,
     paper war, parrying, partisan, partisan spirit, partisanship,
     passage of arms, pettifoggery, petty, picayune, playing,
     polarizing, polemic, polemics, prevarication, pugnacious,
     pugnacity, pussyfooting, quarrel, quarreling, quarrelsome,
     quarrelsomeness, quibbling, quivering, quivery, rhubarb, row,
     run-in, scrapping, set-to, shifting, shrewish, shrewishness,
     shuffling, sidestepping, spat, squabble, squabbling, strife,
     stroboscopic, struggle, subterfuge, tergiversation, trichoschistic,
     trichoschistism, trifling, trivial, verbal engagement, war,
     war of words, warfare, wavering, wavery, words, wrangle,
     wrangling
  
  

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