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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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Mr Ruane said: "I certainly remember visit by the nit nurse into schools and it certainly is something the health and education authorities should consider reintroducing.
I love that I can be unconsciously working through my 'stuff' while writing a story about an eleven-year-old boy and a nit.
If you think about it, nits must have attended all the great events in history, such as the Battle of Waterloo, they must have seen Nelson die at Trafalgar, they must have been there when the wheel was invented ( unless the nit comb had been out the night before.
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It can be difficult to tell the difference between nits and dandruff.
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NIT executive officer Sandip Bapat said that the agency issued various documents regarding property.
They live in Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire and have been constantly plagued with recurrent nit infestations.
According to Wendy Beck, owner of LiceDoctors Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service, the Eastern Local Schools state that their lice policy is "Students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun.
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Raghavan, Chairman of Technical Advisory Committee, by National Knowledge Network, by Secretary, MHRD, by Chairman of NIT Review Committee, by National Skill Development Agency and by National Innovation Foundation.