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- n. A person who makes extremely, possibly excessively, fine distinctions (who would separate something as fine as a hair into two pieces and distinguish them).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who makes excessively fine or needless distinctions in reasoning; one who quibbles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One given to hair-splitting or making sophistical distinctions in reasoning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a disputant who makes unreasonably fine distinctions
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Voting with the pResident 95% of the time instead of 98% of the time does not make one a pony or a middle of the road hairsplitter.
To call a judge “a formalist and a hairsplitter” was an insult.
Adam B. [hairsplitter in denial], 'still waiting'?
Adam B (hairsplitter in denial)., with each successive post you reveal yourself to be ever more incapable of the simple act of reading - it's having a big impact upon your ability to reason logically.
Now, I'm not a hairsplitter but I'd say that is somewhat inconsistent.
Call me a suburban wimp, or a hairsplitter, but in a day of fine, tasty hot dogs overspilling with chili, mustard and onions, I had my best Coney standing up in a spotless modern meat market surrounded by parking lots full of 18-wheelers and other hauling beasts.
But the Texas Republican might be taking a page from that wily Arkansas hairsplitter.
The issue is a hairsplitter at best and for the Howler to get that snide and nasty over a relatively trivial bit of data in the grand scheme of the Plame investigation, smacks of sour grapes or worse.
The man at the sideboard glanced Cable's way when Shike released the safety on his hairsplitter.
Cable Shike placed the snout of a hairsplitter under Gif's chin.