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split hairs

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsplit hairssplit hairsARGUEto argue that there is a difference between two things, when the difference is really too small to be important This is just splitting hairs. split
Examples from the Corpus
split hairsBut I don't want to split hairs.Let's stop splitting hairs and get back to the main issue.Batard is a little sweeter than Chevalier but perhaps that's splitting hairs; both these wines are excellent.
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