stickle [stik′əl]
stickled, stickling [prob. < ME stightlen, to rule, order, dispose, freq. of stighten, to dispose, destine < OE stihtan, prob. akin to Ger stiften, to arrange, establish: for prob. IE base see STIFF]
1. to raise objections, haggle, or make difficulties, esp. in a stubborn, narrow manner and usually about trifles
2. to have objections; scruple (at)

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