finickiness


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fin·ick·y

 (fĭn′ĭ-kē)
adj. fin·ick·i·er, fin·ick·i·est
Insisting capriciously on getting just what one wants; difficult to please; fastidious: a finicky eater.

[From finick, a finical person, from finical.]

fin′ick·i·ness n.

finickiness

(ˈfɪnɪkɪnəs)
n
the quality of being finicky, fussiness over details
Translations

finickiness

n (of person)Pingeligkeit f (inf); (about language also) → Haarspalterei f; (of task)Kniff(e)ligkeit f (inf); because of his finickiness about what he eatsweil er so wählerisch beim Essen ist
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It would make a great difference in the drainage, but a new plowman might think this finickiness and just go ahead and plow all of it north and south, or all of it east and west and this would result in a lower yield--some parts of the field would get soggy and the wheat might get a rust, and other parts drain too readily, letting the ground become parched and break into cakes, all of which might be prevented.
The finickiness with which this case of high treason is being handled indicates that the General is being given every latitude in his defence, to the extent of causing delays in proceedings.
Even this one with all the ostentatious moral finickiness is no different.
While "eating together they [have] always felt embarrassed he, unsettled by her finickiness and her curbed enjoyment, and, she, revolted by his energy and his fingers working the dal, his slurps and smacks" (IL 176).
The fashion sense and finickiness were at odds with each other: no matter how sophisticated the hills and valleys of Ibadan, or how fashionable the Yoruba woman with a university degree, the fundamentals of the Yoruba stew would not change and the taste of a stew ground by hand with cold, hard stone could not be compromised.
I've never seen accuracy problems, or even finickiness, with Special Varminters or Tropical rifles, both with heavy barrels.
I'll only say that the effect of the project is not as radical as what the artist, with his much-discussed purism (or is it just finickiness?)--no documentation, no contract of sale--seems to be aiming at.
But in four modern .22 Hornet rifles I haven't found much finickiness in handloading.