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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 (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.
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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.
See also: niggle
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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.
See also: niggle

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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Because they've been little niggles they've been very frustrating but not as much as if they'd been in a consistent area." McGeouch showed in pre-season what a good addition he can be to Sunderland's squad as a deep-lying playmaker, so getting him on the pitch regularly will be important for them.
The Wearside seamer (pictured) was named in Durham's side for their opening County Championship match of 2018, only to suffer another niggle that knocked him out of first-team action for almost a month.
"Training is going really well at the moment, I know the niggles I am feeling are just in my head but hopefully I can get out there and do a few competitions," added Highfield.
He added that he had a groin problem and even another hamstring niggle throughout the Ashes series.
Considering he had one or two niggles beforehand, he ran a great race and seems to have come out of it in very good form."
When he did have niggles I just let him come backwhen he wanted and not push it.
"It's not an injury but a niggle, and niggles can be a long process.
Villa boss O'Neill (right) warned: "It's frustrating because he's had to come off the field with niggles and I think that's an important aspect for him if he wants to be a starting England player.
"My opinion is I got this major injury because all through the start of the season I was playing with niggles. I had ankle injuries and came back too soon.
"As so often happens, when you're on the way back to recovery and trying to push yourself, you can pick up little niggles because your muscles have to readjust after being out of action.
There were worries about the craftsmanship, and a degree of over-elaboration in the form, but it is a fine building for all the niggles.
Daniel has had a mixed off-season with niggles preventing him fully training every day with the squad and as such hadn't made Simon's (Woolford) initial squad to play at the weekend.
niggles someone while they will pull Trevor "If we look at Stokes he was on fire last year," said Bayliss.
Despite the slight niggles to Ritchie and Atsu, Newcastle's injury record in general has been much improved during Benitez's 18 months in charge.