hair-splitting

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hair-splitting (plural hair-splittings)

  1. (idiomatic) the act of finding exceedingly small differences which are probably neither important nor noticeable to most people.
    • 2006, Ian Aitken, in The Guardian, Richard Clements Obituary
      Dick's Tribune poked endless fun at the hair-splitting sectarianism of the various Trotskyist groups jostling on the fringes of the Labour party at that time.

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