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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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And one more cavil: Korda takes Thomas Rymer's "clutter," in the phrase "to raise ...
There is almost nothing at which to cavil here, but full-size facsimiles of a few of the most important pages would have been welcome (there are four much reduced illustrations).
One cavil is the decision to translate from French the contributions from Brix, Bonnefoy, Bailly, and Deguy.
The judge added: "What DNA testing has proved beyond cavil is the remarkable degree of fallibility in the basic fact-finding process on which we rely in criminal cases.
Of course, it would be mean-spirited to cavil at so hoary a classic's continuing rebirths.
Those who whine or cavil about nitpicking may profit from being reminded that a nit is an immature louse.
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.
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".
Rorty's genuine affection for America shines through so tellingly - the book's autobiographical fragment is instructive in this regard - that it seems almost churlish to cavil. But cavil I must, on several points.
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.