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a concern with insignificant details, esp with the intention of finding fault
showing such a concern; fussy
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Derived forms of nit-pickingnit-picker, noun
Word Origin for nit-picking
C20: from nit 1 + pick 1
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How to use nit-picking in a sentence
The department of health needs to stop nitpicking, dragging their feet, and get these other centers open.New Jersey Patients in Pain Over Scarcity of Medical Marijuana|Abby Haglage|February 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Or find a nitpicking way to avoid making any decision until some more states have acted on their own?The Supreme Court Opens the Door to a Landmark Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage|Linda Hirshman|December 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Three months ago, what was on display was the well-developed British talent for carping, sneering, and nitpicking.Britain Gets Its Groove Back|Peter Popham|September 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But these narrow grounds still did not fall to the level of legal nitpicking.What the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ Prop 8 Ruling Really Means|Ben Jacobs|February 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In any case, this is nitpicking, and, ironically, Klingman does the same thing in his essay.The Times Bungles Watergate|John W. Dean|February 4, 2009|DAILY BEAST