There are 2 definitions of nit in English:

nit1

Syllabification: nit

noun

  • The egg or young form of a louse or other parasitic insect, especially the egg of a head louse attached to a human 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.

Phrases

pick nits

chiefly North American Look for and criticize small or insignificant faults or errors; nitpick.
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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.

Origin

Old English hnitu; related to Dutch neet and German Nisse.

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There are 2 definitions of nit in English:

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exclamation

Australian informal
  • Used as a warning that someone is approaching.

Phrases

keep nit

Keep watch or act as a guard.

Origin

late 19th century: probably from nix3.

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