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1. modifier Of or characterized by minute and irrelevant differences or details in an argument. There have been some hair-splitting changes to the script, but other than that, it's the same as it ever was.
2. noun The act of scrutinizing minute, irrelevant, or imperceptible differences or details. We would get a lot more done in these meetings if everyone did less hair-splitting.

make like a banana and split

humorous slang To depart or leave, especially at once or in a hurry. (A pun on "to split," a slang term meaning to leave or depart, and a "banana split," an ice-cream-based dessert featuring a banana halved lengthwise.) This carnival turned out to be really boring. Come on, let's make like a banana and split! A: "Where are Jeff and Sally?" B: "They needed to get home to feed the baby, so they made like a banana and split."
See also: and, banana, like, make, split

split (one's) sides

To laugh uproariously or hysterically. Your jokes are perfect for your speech tonight. You'll have them splitting their sides!
See also: side, split

splitting headache

Fig. a severe headache, as if one's head were splitting open. I'm sorry, I can't. I have a splitting headache. Maybe Fred will play bridge with you. This splitting headache has been going on for hours.
See also: headache, splitting
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Stocks that wait until they hit the century mark before splitting will run up.
By splitting the stock, we believe we can attract a broader group of investors.
Some research has implicated potassium and/or calcium deficiencies as causes of fruit splitting.
Splitting is most frequently encountered in Valencia and navel oranges, as compared to other citrus.
Designed around the four basic principles of quality, consistency, safety and cost savings, the PPS family of pill splitters are the world's most accurate splitting devices for use by the public.
The Uni-Tab is also beneficial for large volume pill splitting operations, such as in hospitals, where the medication station is responsible for splitting a wide variety of pills of varying dosage levels.
Pill splitting is a commonly accepted practice for helping alleviate the financial burden of flat-priced prescription medications, which are medications priced the same regardless of dosage.
After splitting, they grow another 7% faster than the market, for an entire year.
With the usual comments on how splitting should make their stock more attractive to both retail and institutional investors, MGG officials were very optimistic.
By splitting a stock, public companies are broadening ownership and improving market interest by making its stock more affordable to the investment community.