pick nits


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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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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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pick nits

To find fault in a petty way; nitpick.
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Crabs look like spiders, crayfish like cockroaches and lobsters like scorpions (yes, I know that spiders and scorpions aren't insects, but let's not pick nits).
Like politicians calling for federalism, critics who aggressively pick nits are usually more opportunistic than principled, although that doesn't lessen the valuable service they provide in holding modern-day journalists to a higher standard of factual practice than the novelistic columnists of yore.
He said he also found there's no reason to pick nits, that is, remove the tiny louse eggs that stick to hair.
And it doesn't appear that the 10 or the two are any closer to getting round the table to pick nits over voting rights or the other couple of hundred piffling issues that have nothing to do with the good of the game and everything to do with power.
School nurses routinely inspect and pick nits from children's hair by thoroughly combing, sectioning the hair and removing the nits.
In approaching the post, he said, "I don't want to -- or need to -- pick nits. I am not an English teacher.
But hey, who wants to pick nits on opening night for the Ducks?