quibble

A quibble is a small argument or fight. As a verb, it means to pick a mini-fight over something that doesn't really matter. "Let's not quibble over price," people will say, usually when they plan to gouge you.

It's better to watch figure skating with the sound off, rather than listening to the announcers quibble over a not-fully-rotated knee or the slightly diminished altitude of a jump. Sometimes a quibble between neighbors over two feet of property can escalate into a major feud.

Definitions of quibble
  1. verb
    evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
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    type of:
    circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt
    avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
  2. verb
    argue over petty things
    “Let's not quibble over pennies”
    synonyms: bicker, brabble, niggle, pettifog, squabble
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    type of:
    argue, contend, debate, fence
    have an argument about something
  3. noun
    an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
    synonyms: cavil, quiddity
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    type of:
    equivocation, evasion
    a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
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