beef (slang) carp, censure, complain, find fault, hypercriticize, kvetch (U.S. slang) object, quibble
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cavil ( cavils plural & 3rd person present) ( cavilling present participle) ( cavilled past tense & past participle )
in AM, use caviling, caviled If you say that someone cavilsat something, you mean that they make criticisms of it that you think are unimportant or unnecessary.
FORMAL verb no passive (disapproval)
Let us not cavil too much... V
I don't think this is the time to cavil at the wording of the report. V at n
Cavil is also a noun., n-count
These cavils aside, most of the essays are very good indeed.
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