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Cavil, vb., 1) to quarrel, to find fault: “you do not well in obstinacy to c. in the course of this contract,” H6A V, 4, 156. “let's fight it out and not stand --ing thus,” H6C I, 1, 117. “in the way of bargain I'll c. on the ninth part of a hair,” H4A III, 1, 140. Followed by at or with: “'tis love you c. at,” Gentl. I, 1, 38. “in vain I c. with mine infamy,” Lucr. 1025. “thus --s she with every thing she sees,” Lucr. 1025
2) to raise frivolous objections: “you c., widow; I did mean, my queen,” H6C III, 2, 99.
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