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Definition of hair-splitting noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

hair-splitting

 noun
noun
 
[uncountable] (disapproving)
 
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  • the act of giving too much importance to small and unimportant differences in an argument synonym quibble
  • Idioms
    split hairs
     
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    to pay too much attention in an argument to differences that are very small and not important
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hair-splitting