put too fine a point on

put too fine a point on it

To belabor, focus too much on, or exaggerate the importance of some point or minor detail. (Most commonly used in the negative phrase "not to put too fine a point on it.") I apologize: I was angry and—not to put too fine a point on it—a little bit drunk when I said those things. I may be putting too fine a point on it, but hadn't we agreed on a 25% fee, not 28%?
See also: fine, on, point, put

put too fine a point on something

Fig. to make too much out of something; to dwell overly long on a small detail of a complaint or argument. (Usually with not. Formal or stilted.) Not to put too fine a point on it, but did you really mean to say that Paul was the former secretary of the organization? Wasn't he the corresponding secretary? When he said that everyone was angry, he put too fine a point on it.
See also: fine, on, point, put
References in classic literature ?
Well," replied the Reverend Brown apologetically, "not to put too fine a point on it, I think he is laughing at you.