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cavil at (one)

To complain to one about someone or something, especially in a way that one finds annoying. If you hate your job so much, quit caviling at me about it and look for a new one!
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cavil at someone

to find fault with someone; to complain about someone constantly. Will you never cease caviling at all of us? There is no need to cavil at me day and night!
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Devastated by her son's incarceration for the crime of "gross indecency," and with the creditors' wolves at the door, she died believing that Oscar hadn't risen above the cavil of smaller minds.
Yet, we cavil at attempts to make Europe more able to compete in a world dominated by the US.
Waxing particularly lyrical, Mr Fischler said that centuries ago, William Shakespeare summed up the opinion of the age when he said: "I'll give thrice so much land to any well-deserving friend; But in the way of bargain mark ye me I'll cavil on the ninth part of a hair".
Purists may cavil at the apparent lack of depth, and tyro re-engineers may wish for more detail, but there is a reading list which briefly reviews each recommended title.
While it is clear that the budget for John Greyson's film far exceeded that of, for example, Cockroach, one can hardly cavil at the cost of his adaptation of Michel Marc Bouchard's play.
Any Plato scholar might be tempted to cavil here and there, but the important point is whether the picture of Plato and the Neoplatonists is the one which was influential with later writers.
Do we carp and cavil because a tiny fraction of our taxes or of our purchases must be used to make public facilities more easily accessible to those with disabilities?
It is more than a cavil, for instance, to observe that he exaggerates the violence of Russian peasant society (peasants may periodically have erupted in orgies of destruction, but those periods were generations apart and always triggered by extraordinary circumstances), and thus the propensity to violence that peasant migrants brought to the region.
Chapter 2, "From Adamant Square and Cavil Row," questions both a simplistic and arrogant exclusivism that closes itself to truth without by claiming that all truth already resides within and a "facile inclusivism" that "discredits all sincerities by confusing what they earnestly differentiate" (p.
But that is virtually my only cavil, and I haven't yet got to the real source of the show's delight: its choreography by Susan Stroman.
The world will be watching to see whether Cavil Borel and Street Sense can duplicate their win at the Kentucky Derby and in so doing, be one step closer to winning the Triple Crown.
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My only cavil is the rather cutesy cover, which is at odds with the contents.
This cavil reveals our nation's over-developed sense of entitlement - amusing for the stinginess it reveals.
Did prehistoric oarsmen cavil at the appearance of the first sails, porters at the first wheels or weavers at the mills that came to dominate our hills and valleys?