pet·ti·fog·ger noun \ˈpe-tē-ˌfȯ-gər, -ˌfä-\
: a lawyer whose methods are petty, underhanded, or disreputable : shyster
Origin of PETTIFOGGER
probably from petty
+ obsolete English fogger
First Known Use: 1564
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