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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: stickle 'to argue about small points' (16-20 centuries), from stightle 'to put in order' (13-15 centuries), from Old English stihtan

stickler

noun
     
stickā€§ler

be a stickler for detail/rules/accuracy etc

to think that rules etc are very important and that other people should think so too

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