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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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The extensive commentary on the contents of the works rather invites cavils: what does it mean to claim that 'the dole' for industrial labourers was 'subsidized by the landowners' (p.
Cavils aside, this is an interesting and rewarding book that can be enjoyed when read straight through or in snippets.
Two tiny cavils: there are some strange swishing noises in the background of the sound-picture, and much of the insert is devoted to eye-candy pictures of Baibe Skride.
Yet these cavils aside, the strengths of Literature and Utopian Politics in Seventeenth-Century England far outweigh their weaknesses.
Those cavils, as always with Lucie ("Progress," "Hard Feelings"), must be set against his characteristic cut-and-thrust, a killer approach that has been firing up leftist British drama for two decades.
Of course, these cavils flit futilely against my overall reaction to Wampler's work: Quite simply, I like it.
These cavils notwithstanding, Free People of Color is a good and necessary book one that should spur further work--based on the social and community history models and approaches which Horton and others have marshalled to such great effect.
But these are minor cavils and this volume should be welcomed by all readers with an interest in the seventeenth century.
When Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton) has to rush off to save Gotham City from poison-gas extermination, Vicky Vale (Kim Basinger) cavils, "It doesn't have to be a perfect world."
But such cavils soon vanished in the light of such colourful playing from these excellent instrumentalists: a sultry low flute in the first movement's sunny second subject, glowing horns and pastoral woodwind in a gripping slow movement, grinding brass in the finale's tortuous harmonies.
Nevertheless, the above comments must be interpreted as cavils in what is otherwise an excellent and exhaustive piece of scholarship.
All of my complaints and (admittedly) cavils are prompted, in the end, by Johnston's failure to raise one authorial finger toward accomplishing any critical biography's minimum purpose: to explain why the work of the artist in question is interesting enough to merit all this explaining.
The subject of this review is one such volume, and though Stockton Axson's memoir of Wilson could be dismissed as overly sympathetic to its subject, its importance as a source of information about Wilson will, I believe, always transcend such cavils.