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nitpick

[nit-pik] /ˈnɪtˌpɪk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to be excessively concerned with or critical of inconsequential details.
verb (used with object)
2.
to criticize by focusing on inconsequential details.
noun
3.
a carping, petty criticism.
adjective
4.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a nitpicker or nitpicking.
Also, nit-pick.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; nit1 + pick1
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British Dictionary definitions for nit-pick

nit-pick

verb (intransitive)
1.
(informal) to raise petty objections or concern oneself with insignificant details
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Word Origin and History for nit-pick

nitpick

v.

"seek petty faults," also nit-pick, 1962, back-formation from earlier nitpicker. Related: Nitpicking; nitpicky.

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Slang definitions & phrases for nit-pick

nitpick

verb

To quibble over trivia; niggle: so all that remains is for them to sit and lie there and nitpick over trivialities or talk about what's on TV


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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