References in classic literature ?
"I cannot split hairs on that burning query," he said.
I do not wish to split hairs, to make fine distinctions, or set myself up as better than my neighbors.
No, only the morally blind - those who care nothing for the truth - would trivialize it and insist on the .01 percent smidgen of a 'possibility' that the ramming was 'accidental' and split hairs over whether it was an 'allision' or a 'collision' in a frantic effort to absolve a powerful bully-nation of blame, rather than face the 99.99 percent extreme probability (that's staring them in the eye) that a crime at sea had been committed.
Split hairs: Make very fine and pointless distinctions in arguing.
We won't split hairs on which parts of the bill are increasing whether it be the fire or police precept or indeed the new social care levy the fact remains the bit of paper that says council tax bill on the top will be more this year than it was last year.