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  • v  worry unnecessarily or excessively
  • v  argue over petty things

  • Though they have tried to lose their bully boy tags over the past few years, Australian cricket players still regularly "sledge" or verbally niggle their opponents.
  • If negotiators do not hurry along specifics for enacting the deal, naysayers could niggle it to death.
  • The Russians, in no mood to niggle when they had such a good thing, welcomed the travelers like long-lost brothers.

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