Examples from the Web for hair-splitting
Much of the theological dispute might seem like hair-splitting, but the stakes were high.Plotting Nicea III Could Be Pope Francis's Masterstroke|Candida Moss|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This distinction, although of course logically correct, is hair-splitting.International Law. A Treatise. Volume II (of 2)|Lassa Francis Oppenheim
If they were hair-splitting in their definitions and distinctions, they were at least clear and precise.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V|John Lord
She was full of the hair-splitting fancies of young girlhood in their estimate of a man.The Debtor|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for hair-splitting
Word Origin and History for hair-splitting
"making over-nice distinctions," by 1739, from hair + verbal noun from split (v.). To split hairs "make over-fine distinctions" is first recorded 1650s, as to cut the hair. Hair also being 18c. slang for "female pudendum," hair-splitter was noted in 1811 as slang for "penis."