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    Default meaning of "split hairs"

    can somebody give me sample sentences of how to use "split hairs" and elaborate on its meaning.I would really appreciate that, thank you.

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    Default Re: meaning of "split hairs"

    Have you seen this? Split hairs - UsingEnglish.com

    Here's an example: "We've all got homes to go to. This meeting started 4 hours ago, and we've still got half the agenda to work through. We really must stop splitting hairs."

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    Default Re: meaning of "split hairs"

    that was very helpful. thank you.

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    Default Re: meaning of "split hairs"

    Quote Originally Posted by cha25r View Post
    can somebody give me sample sentences of how to use "split hairs" and elaborate on its meaning.I would really appreciate that, thank you.
    A hair being very small in diameter, splitting one would result in something extremely small, not to mention the amount of care and dexterity required to actually perform the task, assuming it was possible in the first place.

    Idiomatically, "splitting hairs" refers to arguing about very small differences or unimportant details.

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    Default Re: meaning of "split hairs"

    Quote Originally Posted by mfwills View Post
    A hair being very small in diameter, splitting one would result in something extremely small, not to mention the amount of care and dexterity required to actually perform the task, assuming it was possible in the first place.

    Idiomatically, "splitting hairs" refers to arguing about very small differences or unimportant details.
    Practice of making trivial(petty) distinctions.

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