Definition of hair-splitting noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈheə splɪtɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈher splɪtɪŋ//
[uncountable] (disapproving)
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  • the act of giving too much importance to small and unimportant differences in an argument synonym quibble
  • Idioms to pay too much attention in an argument to differences that are very small and not important
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hair-splitting