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hairsplitting

[hair-split-ing] /ˈhɛərˌsplɪt ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the making of unnecessarily fine distinctions.
adjective
2.
characterized by such distinctions:
the hairsplitting arguments of a political debate.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; hair + splitting
Related forms
hairsplitter, noun
Synonyms
2. quibbling, niggling, nitpicking, captious.
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British Dictionary definitions for hair splitting

hairsplitting

/ˈhɛəˌsplɪtɪŋ/
noun
1.
the making of petty distinctions
adjective
2.
occupied with or based on petty distinctions
Derived Forms
hairsplitter, noun
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