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keep nit

old-fashioned To remain vigilant or carefully watchful (for something or someone); to act as a guard or watch. The gang employed youths from the area to keep nit during a drug deal and give a signal if any police officers arrived. I offered to keep nit at the door, as I had no intention of risking my life in that creepy old house.
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pick nits

To look for and point out small, trivial, or insignificant problems, issues, or faults to criticize; to nitpick. I know I'm picking nits, but the color of your character's bandana changes slightly about three times over the course of the movie—it was really distracting! Look, your essay was really strong and very well put together on the whole. I'm just picking nits so that you can polish your next essay to an even higher standard.
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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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nit-picker

n. a person who is hypercritical. Mary is such a nit-picker!

nit-picking

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.
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Due to the turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir, the education of NIT Srinagar students is getting disturbed.
Accordingly, the Ministry of HRD decided for setting up of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Andhra Pradesh through a temporary campus as an Institution registered under the Andhra Pradesh Societies Registration Act, 2001 with a view to bring the NIT, Andhra Pradesh under the ambit of the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (NITSER), Act, 2007 through an amendment in the existing Act and declaring NIT, Warangal as its mentor Institute for the first 2-3 years or till such time NIT, Andhra Pradesh is well established at its permanent site.
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.
In writing the Nit Boy books I was inspired by the tone of Tim Winton's finest work, The Bugalugs Bum Thief He manages to tell a fast-moving, wildly silly story with a lightness of touch and a respect for the characters that keeps the adult reader as engaged as the child.
Everyone was frightened of the stigma that if you had nits, your head was filthy ( when it was nothing of the sort.
Treatment for head lice should be initiated only when a positive diagnosis is confirmed and should include the use of over-the-counter pediculicides (synergized pyrethrins or permethrin-based agents) and a special-purpose metal comb to remove as many nits and lice as possible.
3 -- color) The West Hollywood salon offers a line of anti-louse Hair Fairies products for families hoping to nip a nit problem.
The Metro No Nit policy was followed: all children with lice or nits were sent home.
There was no correlation between the number of nits the children had and whether or not they became infested with lice.
Schools in Wethersfield, Hartford, Branford, West Hartford, and Vernon, among others, have adopted a more lenient head lice policy, allowing children with nits to return to school.
The agenda of the Conference includes steps required to improve the quality of technical education and faculty development in NITs to bring it at par with the top technical institutions of the world, steps needed to create inter-linkages of NITs with the industry, steps required to use National Knowledge Network effectively in the NITs, and suggestions to improve the Visitor-NIT interface within the existing statutory framework of each NIT.
Every week, take the time to check your child's head for lice and nits (the eggs).
Comprising 30 autonomous institutes, NITs are located in each major state/territory of India.
The infestation at Downing Street has come as a relief - if Sam Cam's kids harbour nits it's clearly a lifestyle statement.