There are 2 definitions of nit in English:

nit1

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noun

informal
1The egg or young form of a louse or other parasitic insect, especially the egg of a human head louse attached to a hair.
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  • Lice lay nits on hair shafts close to the skin's surface, where the temperature is perfect for keeping warm until they hatch.
  • If you do not want to use these products, you have to pick the lice and nits out of the hair by hand or use a special comb to remove them.
  • For an effective treatment for nits and hair lice, soak at least 20 seeds for an hour in warm water.
2British A foolish person: you stupid nit!

Origin

Old English hnitu, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch neet and German Nisse.

Phrases

pick nits

chiefly North American Look for and criticize trivial faults; nit-pick: the press will stop picking nits once the next president is in office
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  • And while I'm picking nits, I must add my opinion of Furst's female characters.
  • But these ideas would require a boldness and ingenuity that cannot come from candidates shackled to the very interests that profit from today's regressive tax policies, leaving the candidates to think small and pick nits.
  • Not to pick nits, but the phrase, ‘Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness’, is from the New Testament.

Derivatives

nitty

adjective
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  • Logically enough, the movie tackles the Powerpuff origins, the nitty details of how they came to be and how their superhero-ness was forged.
  • Then there were the little nitty things: doing my own computer support.
  • Most of the story is the trial and all the boring nitty details therein - the only bright spot is the freakish D.A.

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There are 2 definitions of nit in English:

nit2

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Pronunciation: /nɪt
 
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exclamation

Australian informal
Used as a warning that someone is approaching.

Origin

late 19th century: probably from nix3.

Phrases

keep nit

Keep watch or act as a guard.
More example sentences
  • If you keep nit while a burglary is conducted, you're guilty of the burglary even though you haven't even entered the property.
  • Their caution, if slight, remained, each kept nit by rote, all had their something to contribute though.
  • Well, I started it, and I say that we keep nit here, and not turn it into a separate board.

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