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mote in the eye

A minor flaw or indiscretion. No, your sister isn't perfect, but at least she's never been arrested—her shortcomings are just a mote in the eye compared to your own!
See also: eye, mote

a mote in someone's eye

a trivial fault in someone which is less serious than one in someone else who is being critical.
A mote is a tiny speck of dust or a similar substance. The phrase comes from Matthew 7:3–5: ‘Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?’: the implication is that someone is ignoring a glaring fault of their own while criticizing a smaller one in someone else.
See also: eye, mote
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Motes wrote the note in three parts; one addressed to "Notting Hill" Star, Roberts and Betty, one to her fiance, Dilbeck and one to "everyone.
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All experiments in this study used the configuration of one transmitting mote and four receiver motes arranged in a linear configuration in parallel to the transmitter.
001) were found between the two types of indices (mote percentage of total seed potential and motes per gram of lint) for each of the mote sizes.
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At the end of the day, Salathe's team collected the motes and recorded how many mote-to-mote interactions had occurred, and how long each interaction had lasted.