from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To be concerned with or find fault with insignificant details. See Synonyms at quibble.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To correct minutiae or find fault in unimportant details; to kvetch.
  • v. To pick nits - lice eggs - from someone’s hair.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be overly critical; criticize minor details


From nit +‎ pick, originally referring to literally removing invisibly-tiny louse eggs by hand. (Wiktionary)



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