nit-picking


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nit-picking

n. too much minor criticism; overly particular criticism; nagging. Enough nit-picking! What are the major problems?
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But if you were nit-picking it could have been better.
This Cutting Edge film reveals Britain's most avid trip advisors and meets some of the hoteliers and restaurateurs at war with the site because of nit-picking and abusive reviews.
He did his best - although, if we're nit-picking, making your mum buy you dinner and ordering friends to bring round bottles of wine is probably breaking the rules - but he just couldn't pull it off.
The syndrome is the inability to resist replying to a letter, however banal it may be and however obvious the response, without nit-picking to the nth degree to try to elicit maximum response.
But when I saw them nit-picking and trying to get us to play on Saturday I realised that Laurent Blanc was less sure of himself than I thought.
They were different gravy but, though you are at your most impressionable when you are young, you are still able to appreciate the next crop of superstars just as much, and, far from nit-picking over the achievements of Arkle, Steve should practise what he preaches and enjoy Kauto while he can, rather than getting into a needless slanging match over comparisons of different generations.
Kamm has been nit-picking the 1995 first edition through ten reprints, but now takes the opportunity to expand or recast certain sections to reflect current teaching practices and to reconsider the balance of the whole textbook.
Here's an example of how nit-picking Hirata was for the vehicle.
It's the NCAA setting down its latest nit-picking edict, somehow convinced that the simple distribution of pertinent information was getting so far out of hand among member schools that all must conform - or else.
Some might see it as me nit-picking, but if we can pinpoint mistakes we can try to improve on them.
What we got from the presidential candidates was a lot of nit-picking about whether or not the ill-conceived No Child Left Behind law was adequately funded or not.
QI'M not very good at following strict diets with nit-picking rules.
The history of philosophy suggests that the nit-picking of Socrates' wife drove him out into the streets of the Agora, where he became the number-one nagger of the Athenians.
If she saw Incubus without you, don't take it out on her by nit-picking over peeves you never even noticed before.
We felt that (1) the pros of each mode negated any of the perceived cons, (2) it would be wise to focus more on the positives, and (3) that while the field is rife with argumentation, much of it amounts to nothing more than nit-picking.