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how many angels can stand (dance) on the head of a pin?

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Scornful description of a tedious concern with irrelevant details; an allusion to religious controversies in the middle ages. In fact, the medieval argument was over how many angels could stand on the point of a pin.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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