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down to a gnat 's eyebrow

Fig. down to the smallest detail. He described what the thief was wearing down to a gnat's eyebrow. No use trying to sneak anything out of the refrigerator. Mom knows what's in there, down to a gnat's eyebrow.
See also: down, eyebrow, gnat

strain at gnats and swallow camels

Prov. to criticize other people for minor offenses while ignoring major offenses. (Biblical.) Jill: Look at that. Edward is combing his hair at his desk. How unprofessional. Jane: Don't strain at gnats and swallow camels. There are worse problems than that around here.
See also: and, camel, gnat, strain, swallow
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The GNAT Pro development environment, available on more platforms than any other Ada toolset, is a full-featured, multi-language development environment complete with libraries, bindings and a range of supplementary tools.
amp; NEW YORK & PARIS -- AdaCore, a leading supplier of Ada development tools and support services, today announced that Rockwell Collins has adopted AdaCore's GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for DO-178Bto implement the Electronic Flight Instrument System / Engine Indication and Crew Alert System (EFIS/EICAS) Interface Unit, model EIU-7001.
What they did discover (or rediscover) was that the Ada language and the GNAT Pro toolset built around it made a big difference.
With the GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for DO-178B, the EADS CASA development team benefits from a complete toolsuite that simplifies compliance with the various certification levels of the DO-178B avionics standard on the same hardware.
Ada and GNAT Pro continue to see growing usage in high-integrity and safety-certified applications, including commercial aircraft avionics, military systems, air traffic management/control, railway systems and medical devices, and in security-sensitive domains such as financial services.
As the dots grew bigger, Yousuf realised that they were four enemy Gnats.
Today, Skylive cofounder Chris Petty said he completely understood the decision and revealed the Gnat team is even trying to help find a replacement.
Heritage Aircraft Trust, who run the Gnat Display Team, said: "He will be greatly missed.
Flowers were left near the scene and Heritage Aircraft Trust, which runs the Gnat Display Team, said: "His enthusiasm for flying was infectious.
Kevin Whyman, 35, was part of the Gnat Display Team.
One of the Essex-based Gnat Display Team's jets had been grounded for repairs last week, forcing cancellation of a display in Scotland.
Shocked spectators saw the Gnat Display Team jet go into a roll before nosediving into nearby woodland.
AdaCore's GNAT Pro cross-development environment has been selected by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid / UPM), for the UPMSat-2 UNION satellite project's real-time on-board and ground control software.
The station was then in the process of modernising its facili-|ties (with such amenities as built-in cupboards, electric irons and hot rails in the married quarters) Senior Scientific Assistant William Jones, pictured in May |1963, at the Meteorological Office at RAF Valley Air Marshal Sir Richard Atcherley gives a model of a forma-|tion of Gnat aircraft to Flt Lt Lee Jones from RAF Valley, in 1964 Group Capt E Burchmore, RAF Sealand Station Commander (right) and Wing Commander B Brooke (Senior Technical Officer, |Sealand) examine the wreckage of a Gnat aircraft, in October 1963
One brown gnat scuttles between letters on this page; a second