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

  • n. Minute, trivial, unnecessary, and unjustified criticism or faultfinding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The painstaking process of removing nits (lice eggs) from someone's hair.
  • n. 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.


nit + picking (Wiktionary)



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  • Yeah, like lowland gorillas.

    August 23, 2011

  • My adjectival use: 'They are such a nitpicking group!'

    August 23, 2011