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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.
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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.
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"It was a frustrating and niggling game and to be fair the referee got most things right but the big decisions wrong.
The 22-year-old, who has netted four goals since his summer switch from Hamilton, sat out Saturday's 3-0 win at Queen of the South as he recovers from a niggling complaint following surgery last year.
OW is the perfect time to tackle those niggling jobs around the house - and save a few bob too.
A steady stream of people from across the region visited the Embarrassing Bodies mobile clinic in the hope they can have their minds put at rest over niggling health worries.
The three-year-old colt has been held up with a "niggling problem" since being beaten a nose by Mickdaam in the Chester Vase in May.
The world number four has been troubled by a niggling back problem on and off since the end of last year and has not made it past the quarterfinals at three clay-court events this season, losing to Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic and Richard Gasquet.
Pintado, a firm fans' favourite at the Liberty Stadium, had been dogged by the niggling injury ever since pre-season.
HEARTS boss Csaba Laszlo is backing Andrew Driver to break into England's Under-21 squad - once the club solve the winger's niggling ankle problem.
Martin said yesterday: "Leg Spinner has had a few niggling problems and isn't doing anything at present.
"Ecomium, having been troubled by niggling problems through the summer, is now hopefully approaching a comeback," he said.
But I have a niggling caveat--as with all materials, surely, much depends on how the wood is actually used?
Hughes, however, was on the bench to protect a niggling groin injury.
Belle, a summer signing from Newport YMCA who has been in a rich vein of scoring form having been converted from centre half to striker, has a niggling groin injury.
Shaun Russell said there was a "niggling doubt" despite Stone's second conviction for the killings of Lin and Megan Russell.
Gazza's agents offered the former England International with Bryan Robson desperate to give the player any kind of football to get him fit after a series of niggling injuries.