Definition of Nitpicking

1. Noun. The painstaking process of removing nits (lice eggs) from someone's hair. ¹



2. Noun. (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. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Nitpicking

1. nitpick [v] - See also: nitpick

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Literary usage of Nitpicking

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"If one refrains from nitpicking and objectively considers the overall contribution, however, it is clear that the author has succeeded enviably in digesting ..."

2. Orpheus Philologus: Bachofen Versus Mommsen on the Study of Antiquity by Lionel Gossman (1983)
"I wanted to say out loud what I think of modern critical nitpicking (C 270, 1870). The attack on Mommsen promised in almost identical terms about a decade ..."

3. Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web by David Weinberger (2002)
"... magnet for this type of nitpicking. Take the newsgroup alt.showbiz.gossip, where in between discussing whether Angelina and Billy Bob will break up and ..."

4. Medicare+Choice Program After One Year: Hearing Before the Committee on edited by Michael Bilirakis (1998)
"So my concern is on securing that oversight system, not nitpicking about the number of pages. That may be appropriate guidance. Mr. BILIRAKIS. ..."

5. Personal Finance by Robert S. Rosefsky (2001)
"If he or she is reputed to be slow, nitpicking, or argumentative, be prepared to exert your legal rights to ensure getting back whatever you're entitled to ..."

6. End The Biggest Educational And Intellectual Blunder In History: A $100,000 by Norman W. Edmund (2005)
"So the look-and-say educators did the next best thing: they reviewed the book to death. There was an orgy of nitpicking, making it seem that Dr. ..."

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