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nitpick

or nit-pick

[nit-pik]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be excessively concerned with or critical of inconsequential details.
verb (used with object)
  1. to criticize by focusing on inconsequential details.
noun
  1. a carping, petty criticism.
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a nitpicker or nitpicking.

Origin of nitpick

First recorded in 1965–70; nit1 + pick1
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Word Origin and History for nitpicking

nitpick

v.

"seek petty faults," also nit-pick, 1962, back-formation from earlier nitpicker. Related: Nitpicking; nitpicky.

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