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hairsplitter

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noun hair·split·ter \ˈher-ˌspli-tər\

Simple Definition of hairsplitter

  • : a person who argues about differences that are too small to be important

Full Definition of hairsplitter

  1. :  one that makes excessively fine distinctions in reasoning

hair·split·ting play \-ˌspli-tiŋ\ adjective or noun

1849

First Known Use of hairsplitter

1849


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