hairsplitter

hairsplitting

[hair-split-ing]
noun
1.
the making of unnecessarily fine distinctions.
adjective
2.
characterized by such distinctions: the hairsplitting arguments of a political debate.

Origin:
1820–30; hair + splitting

hairsplitter, noun


2. quibbling, niggling, nitpicking, captious.
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hairsplitting (ˈhɛəˌsplɪtɪŋ)
 
n
1.  the making of petty distinctions
 
adj
2.  occupied with or based on petty distinctions
 
'hairsplitter
 
n

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