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cavil

  

      vb   , -ils, -illing, -illed  
     (U.S.)   , -ils, -iling, -iled  
1    intr; foll by: at or about   to raise annoying petty objections; quibble; carp  
      n  
2    a captious trifling objection  
     (C16: from Old French caviller, from Latin cavillari to jeer, from cavilla raillery)  
  caviller      n  
  cavilling      adj  
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cavil

  
  
beef     (slang)   carp, censure, complain, find fault, hypercriticize, kvetch     (U.S. slang)   object, quibble  

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caviller, cavie, cavilling, CAV

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