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petty

Law of lesser importance
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Petty

girl airbrushed beauty, scantily clad in Esquire’s pages. [Am. Lit.: Misc.]
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The meanness and pettiness of the society in which I had moved, the emptiness and selfishness of women of fashion, had taught me to wish for and to seek an elect soul, and now I had found it--too late.
Far from accepting the pettiness of middle-class existence, she was angry at the delay which kept the great things of life from her grasp,--blaming fate as deceptive.
Bert peeped with him out of the window, looking from the bright pettiness of the red-and-silver cabin into a dark immensity.
Commenting on the bill introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday that seeks to do away with the automatic nomination of the Indian National Congress (INC) president to the Jallianwala Bagh Trust, he said: "This is the pettiness of the Central government.
Slashing this benefit shows the mean-minded pettiness of a party that cannot be trusted.
Slamming the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government for its attitude towards Nawaz's health, the former premier said the government 'should be at least ashamed for showing such pettiness'.
Aro told the magazine that it was "scary" to see the US government allow "pettiness" to affect public decisionmaking.
It is lamentable that we seem to have reduced ourselves to competing with India to see who can outdo the other in pettiness. Just a few days ago, cricket clubs across India reportedly took down portraits of Imran Khan.
'These legal acrobatics show how far the government will go to silence journalists, including the pettiness of forcing me to spend the night in jail,' she added.
Choose greatness over pettiness. Even if it's too late to prove it to the world, a person of character will go about proving it to himself and those around him.
"Today in hilarious pettiness, the UAE has bought up all remaining tickets for the Asian Cup semi-final with Qatar and is distributing them free to 'loyal' fans.