split hairs

split hairs
1. noun
Tedious details; minutiae.

The Microsoft trial had been in danger of slipping out of the public eye. Its endless procession of less-than-riveting economics professors and forgetful executives, mixed with scads of legal and technical split hairs, just hasnt made for gripping headlines.

2. verb
To consider or argue about fine details; to worry about minutiae.

Let’s get everything sorted into the right drawers and not split hairs about subdividing it further yet.


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  • split hairs — If people split hairs, they concentrate on tiny and unimportant details to find fault with something …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • split hairs — index bicker, pettifog Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • split hairs — ► split hairs make overfine distinctions. Main Entry: ↑hair …   English terms dictionary

  • split hairs — QUIBBLE, cavil, carp, niggle, chop logic; informal nit pick; archaic pettifog. → hair   QUIBBLE, cavil, carp, niggle, chop logic; informal nit pick; archaic pettifog. → …   Useful english dictionary

  • split hairs —    If people split hairs, they concentrate on tiny and unimportant details to find fault with something.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you split hairs, you pay too much attention to differences that are very small or unimportant.     …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • split hairs — {v. phr.} To find and argue about small and unimportant differences as if the differences are important. * /John is always splitting hairs; he often starts an argument about something small and unimportant./ * /Don t split hairs about whose turn… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • split hairs — {v. phr.} To find and argue about small and unimportant differences as if the differences are important. * /John is always splitting hairs; he often starts an argument about something small and unimportant./ * /Don t split hairs about whose turn… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • split\ hairs — v. phr. To find and argue about small and unimportant differences as if the differences are important. John is always splitting hairs; he often starts an argument about something small and unimportant. Don t split hairs about whose turn it is to… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • split hairs — be very fussy, notice small differences    Clyde likes to work on research that requires him to split hairs …   English idioms

  • split hairs — make unnecessary distinctions He makes a lot of good points but he also has a tendency to split hairs and waste a lot of our time …   Idioms and examples

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