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petty
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Nicholas Nickleby
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  • No unknown; no persecuted descendant of a man of high degree; but the weak, imbecile son of a poor, petty tradesman.
  • Every petty tradesman is to begin to pity her now, is he?

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  • Here have I been, a matter of how many weeks—hard upon six—a follering up this here blessed old dowager petty larcenerer,’—Mr Squeers delivered himself of this epithet with great difficulty and effort,—’and Dotheboys Hall a-running itself regularly to seed the while!

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as in: a petty crime Define
of less importance -- at times implying insignificance
as in: don't be petty Define
focusing on an unimportant flaw; or attempting to make someone suffer for an unimportant wrong
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