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nit-picking

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishnit-pickingˈnit-ˌpicking noun [uncountable] informal 🔊 🔊 ARGUEwhen someone argues about small unimportant details or tries to find small mistakes in something 🔊 Soames was getting impatient with his daughter’s constant nitpicking.nitpicking adjectivenitpicker noun [countable]
Examples from the Corpus
nit-pickingAnd finally, the bottom line, is the budget approved without long delay and nit-picking?I've had enough of your constant nit-picking. Why can't you say something encouraging?Most businesses, especially small businesses, can not afford to squander vast sums of money on such refined legalistic nit-picking.
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