Definition of split hairs in English:

split hairs

Make small and overfine distinctions: one of those medieval disputes which split hairs endlessly
More example sentences
  • Yes, I do see the distinction and am perhaps splitting hairs over the delivery of the message.
  • One sentence in the manual required that lawyers participating in the recount should ‘have the courage to voice disagreement and must split hairs trying to find faults.’
  • I'm perhaps splitting hairs, here, but there has got to be a difference between drawing influence from various sources and plagiarizing.
Synonyms
quibble, raise trivial objections, find fault, cavil, carp, niggle, argue over nothing
informal nitpick
archaic pettifog
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