niggle

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niggle

A petty, trivial, or minor complaint or issue. We had a few niggles, but overall we really enjoyed our stay in the hotel. I can live with a niggle or two, but if there are any serious complaints then we need to fix them ASAP.

niggle about (someone or something)

To make petty, trivial, or minor complaints about someone or something. The couple at table 22 has been niggling about their meal since the moment they sat down. Tom's always niggling about his boss, but I know he'll never stand up to her.
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niggle (with one) over (something)

To fuss or argue (with one) over something petty, trivial, or unimportant. Look, I had a wonderful evening with you. Let's not ruin it by niggling over who pays what portion of the bill. We've been niggling with their lawyers about some of the finer points of the contract, but we still expect everything to be ready on time.
See also: niggle, over

niggle about something

to make constant petty complaints about something. Please don't niggle about little things like this. This is just not important. Let's not niggle about it.
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niggle (over something) (with someone)

to have a petty disagreement over some minor thing. Stop niggling over this with me! I don't want to niggle with you over this.
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Well, I niggled him at about the half-mile pole and it was like he was saying, `You finally figured it out, jock.
I niggled at him (again) at the half-mile pole, and it was like he was saying, `You're finally figuring it out, jock,' '' Stevens said.