nitpicking

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nit + picking

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nitpicking (uncountable)

  1. The painstaking process of removing nits (lice eggs) from someone's hair.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) A process of finding or pointing out tiny details or errors, particularly if the pointed-out details seem insignificant or irrelevant to all but the finder.
    "Of all life's pleasures, I like nitpicking the best." -- Wally in Dilbert

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