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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, relating 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-picking

nit-picking

noun
1.
a concern with insignificant details, esp with the intention of finding fault
adjective
2.
showing such a concern; fussy
Derived Forms
nit-picker, noun
Word Origin
C20: from nit1 + pick1
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Word Origin and History for nit-picking

nitpick

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nit-picking

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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