hairsplitter


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hair·split·ting

 (hâr′splĭt′ĭng)
n.
The making of unreasonably fine distinctions.

hair′split′ter n.
hair′split′ting adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hairsplitter - a disputant who makes unreasonably fine distinctions
controversialist, disputant, eristic - a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
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notes, "In his theology, as in his philosophy, astronomy, and other disciplines, Messiaen was a popularizer, not a hairsplitter.
OPERATION HAIRSPLITTER AK47 Ulster death plot AN AUDACIOUS plot by republican sympathisers to assassinate two former leaders of the Ulster Defence Association shed light on the trade in illegal firearms.
Mr Cuddihy, Police Scotland's head of organised crime and counterterrorism, said the case - Operation Hairsplitter - was ground-breaking as detectives had to target the twin threats of terrorism and organised crime.
I hope I'm not splitting hairs here (and every critic has a hairsplitter on his back like a monkey), but looking at France Moves, I could not but note that it was called France Moves rather than France Dances.
Cuddihy, Police Scotland's head of organised crime and counter-terrorism, said the case - dubbed Operation Hairsplitter - was ground-breaking as detectives had to target the twin threats of terrorism and organised crime.