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Split hairs

DEFINITION

Overly analytical; excessively concerned with minor details. Since one follicle of hair is very thin, trying to split it into yet thinner pieces is not only extremely difficult but in the sense of this phrase, unnecessary.

“We were talking about the where best whiskey is made and she referred to some island off Scotland so I gave up because she was just splitting hairs at that point.”

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