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v. nit·picked, nit·pick·ing, nit·picks
To be concerned with or find fault with insignificant details. See Synonyms at quibble.
To criticize or find fault with (someone or something) in a petty way.

nit′pick′er n.
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nit-picking [ˈnɪtpɪkɪŋ]
n (= quibbling) → pinaillage m
[attitude] → pinailleur/euse
to be nitpicking [person] → être pinailleur/euse
[detail] → sans importance
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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