Rivet counter - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
Someone who demands an exceptionally or unreasonably high level of minute detail or accuracy in something. Used especially in reference to hobbyists, particularly in the field of model train building. I might be considered a rivet counter by others, but I'm particularly proud of the level of detail that goes into my model sets. I can't stand seeing movies with a rivet counter like Jerry. After every film, he just sits there listing all the factual inaccuracies in it rather than just enjoying the darn thing!
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Wrong photo for Rugeley rail report AT the risk of being labelled a rivet counter
, I would like to comment on your report regarding the new electrified train service to Rugeley.
Tenders are invited for Copper Rivet Counter
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Already donning histrain s potter's anorak (with its luxurious John Moores Uni versity ermine trim) and recharging his rivet counter
, he asks all those inter-ested in helping t o restore Lion t o its rightful place to join him.
Surely it is better the electorate is represented by a well-educated politician rather than some Bufton-Tufton type country squire or superannuated union official who left school at 16 to become a rivet counter