petty


petty
01. There is a very clear relation between the use of illegal drugs and [petty] crime in this city.
02. I think it is very [petty] of you to refuse to congratulate your old boyfriend on his upcoming marriage.
03. The meeting ended in a [petty] argument between a couple of the secretaries over who does the most work.
04. The prisoner began his career in [petty] crime, stealing purses and breaking into cars, but eventually got involved in large scale drug trafficking.
05. She has been charged with a number of [petty] offences but never anything as serious as attempted murder.
06. I don't want to waste time talking to a bunch of [petty] government officials. I need to speak to someone with real power.
07. She has lost a lot of friends due to her [pettiness].
08. He is a very [petty] man who delights in reminding others of their mistakes.
09. I know it is hard for someone as important as you to understand my [petty] little problems, but they are very real to me.
10. Complaining to your boss that your co-worker took 20 minutes for her coffee break instead of 15 is just about the [pettiest] thing I've ever heard!
11. Your constant [petty] quarrels are making things unpleasant for the others in the office.
12. Any small purchases you make can be reimbursed from [petty] cash.
13. The office generally has about $100 on hand in [petty] cash for minor purchases.
14. There is a Greek proverb which observes that if you steal something small, you are a [petty] thief, but if you steal millions, you are a gentleman of society.
15. Aesop once suggested that we hang the [petty] thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

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