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cavil

  
  
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)    (=quibble)  
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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