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pick nits

If someone picks nits, they point out small, unimportant problems or faults in something. If I had to pick nits, I'd say the service could be a little quicker. That aside, it was pretty much perfect. Note: The verb nitpick has a similar meaning, and there is also a much more frequent noun nitpicking. The critics, of course, nitpick — that's what they do. The book was the subject of seemingly endless academic nitpicking. Note: Nits are the sticky eggs laid by the head louse, a small insect that lives and breeds in human hair.
See also: nit, pick

keep nit

keep watch or act as a guard. Australian
Nit here is possibly an alteration of nix , a warning signal by schoolchildren that a teacher is approaching.
See also: keep, nit

pick nits

look for and criticize small or insignificant faults or errors.
The image here is of the painstaking removal of tiny parasitic nits (lice or lice eggs) from someone's hair. The phrase originated in the mid 20th century, chiefly in North American usage.
See also: nit, pick


n. a person who is hypercritical. Mary is such a nit-picker!


n. too much minor criticism; overly particular criticism; nagging. Enough nit-picking! What are the major problems?

pick nits

To find fault in a petty way; nitpick.
See also: nit, pick
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Sri Vinaysheel Oberoi, Secretary, Higher Education along with senior officers participated in the meeting along with Chairmen and Directors of all NITs and IISERs.
President Mukherjee said such conferences of Directors of NITs would be an annual feature, and that he intends to maintain contacts with the faculty and students of NITs through video conferencing.
Four 'Child Achiever' awards as well as awards for special contributions to PAN NIT Alumni were also given.
The present study is confined only to twenty NIT libraries in India concerning their facilities (LA, NI, CC, ER, MA and NS).
She said she is "sicK to the bacK teeth" of constantly being on the looK out for lice and wants a nit nurse to visit schools at least once a month.
My first trade release was the Mac Slatez Coolhunter series and, now, here comes Nit Boy.
In fact they are doing so well that we even named a special day for them ( National Nit Day, September 1, ( congratulations all you nits.
1 -- color) Mayra Bautista, 22, goes through a young client's hair, looking for nits, at Hair Fairies in West Hollywood.
The Nit Kit also comes with a fine-toothed metal Medi-Comb and 5x magnifier to help find and remove lice and nits.
Nits are tiny, yellowish-white oval eggs that are attached at an angle to the hair shaft.
recommends increased awareness of how to treat and eliminate both lice and nits so children can be in school without any lice issues.
Back to school means more cases of nits for most parents, but for my daughter, with her beautiful long, thick hair, they've become an all-year-round problem.
These groups, which include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), all agree that students with nits be permitted to remain in school.
This is the second Conference of Directors of NITs during the present Presidency and is part of the regular, focused interaction the President has been having with Central Universities, IITs and IISERs in his capacity as Visitor to these institutions.
The agenda of the Conference includes steps required to improve the quality of technical education and faculty development in NITs to bring it at par with the top technical institutions of the world, steps needed to create inter-linkages of NITs with the industry, steps required to use National Knowledge Network effectively in the NITs, and suggestions to improve the Visitor-NIT interface within the existing statutory framework of each NIT.