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

  Pettifoggery \Pet"ti*fog`ger*y\, n.; pl. pettifoggeries.
     The practice or arts of a pettifogger; disreputable tricks;
     quibbles; chicanery.
     [1913 Webster]
           Quirks of law, and pettifoggeries.       --Barrow.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  41 Moby Thesaurus words for "pettifoggery":
     artifice, bickering, boggling, captiousness, caviling, chicane,
     chicanery, collusion, connivance, connivery, conspiracy, covin,
     dodgery, dodging, equivocation, evasion, fencing, foul play,
     hairsplitting, hedging, logic-chopping, machination, nit-picking,
     paltering, parrying, pettifogging, prevarication, pussyfooting,
     quibbling, sharp practice, shifting, shuffling, sidestepping,
     skulduggery, sleight, subterfuge, supercherie, tergiversation,
     trichoschistism, trickery, underhand dealing

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