nit-picking
noun Etymology: 1nit Date: 1956 minute and usually unjustified criticism

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  • nit-picking — ► NOUN informal ▪ fussy or pedantic fault finding. DERIVATIVES nit pick verb nit picker noun …   English terms dictionary

  • nit-picking — ☆ nit picking [nit′pik΄iŋ ] adj., n. 〚 NIT1 + PICK2〛 (a) paying too much attention to petty details; niggling * * * …   Universalium

  • nit-picking — ☆ nit picking [nit′pik΄iŋ ] adj., n. [ NIT1 + PICK2] (a) paying too much attention to petty details; niggling …   English World dictionary

  • nit-picking — nit .picking n [U] informal when someone argues about small unimportant details or tries to find small mistakes in something ▪ Soames was getting impatient with his daughter s constant nitpicking. >nitpicking adj >nitpicker n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nit-picking — n. too much minor criticism; overly particular criticism; nagging. □ I am tired of all your nit picking. D Enough nit picking! What are the major problems? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • nit-picking — informal noun fussy or pedantic fault finding. adjective overly fussy and pedantic. Derivatives nit pick verb nit picker noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • nit picking — Synonyms and related words: adverse criticism, animadversion, aspersion, bad notices, bad press, bickering, boggling, captiousness, carping, cavil, caviling, censoriousness, chicane, chicanery, criticism, dodging, equivocation, evasion, exception …   Moby Thesaurus

  • nit-picking — see nitpicking …   English dictionary

  • nit-picking — adj quibbling, carping, finicky, fussy, hair splitting, hypercritical, pedantic, captious, pettifogging, cavilling …   Useful english dictionary

  • nit-pick — nitˈ pick intransitive verb • • • Main Entry: ↑nit * * * nit pick «NIHT PIHK», Informal. –v.t. to pick at (something) in a petty or niggling manner, as if removing a nit or louse; examine pedantically; search for petty faults: »To make a show of… …   Useful english dictionary

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