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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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Examples from the web for nitpicking
  • Once those bones are out of the ground and cleaned up, all the fun technical nitpicking can start.
  • Properly installing tile requires a lot of sustained, nitpicking attention.
  • Such exercises in nitpicking are relatively meaningless, as no reference work is infallible.
  • Hypercorrectness is another word for it, as is hairsplitting and nitpicking.
  • In other words, your nitpicking about something that isn't going to matter much.
  • Although this may seem nitpicking, it erodes the credibility of the article.
  • Your nitpicking, while amusing, warrants no response.
  • But the show moved so quickly that it became second nature for viewers to stop nitpicking and enjoy the ride.
  • The browbeating, the nitpicking, the ever-present specter of the bench.
  • In the long run, it all comes back to the nitpicking--and knowing the enemy.
Word Origin and History for nitpicking

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 nitpicking

nitpicking

adjective

: a highly nit-picking attitude

noun

The act and pleasure of one who quibbles over trivia

[from the very slow and attentive work of a person or a simian picking tiny nits, ''insect eggs,'' out of hair or fur]


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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