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    #1

    This guy is looking for the killer of Bruce Lee!

    Hello

    In my language, when someone becomes too finicky and fussy and pedantic, we say something that literally translates to "he is looking for Bruce Lee's murderer!"

    It means that person is expecting something which is practically impossible and they are being overly finicky.

    Example:

    I gave my essay to my tutor yesterday. He started fussing me and then he fussed over some of the points I made in the essay. I really don't know what he wants from me and my essay. I think he is looking for Bruce Lee's murderer.

    The customer fussed over the plaster work of the building and made a big deal out of it but I think it's perfectly fine. I think he is looking for Bruce Lee's murderer

    Is there a similar expression in English?

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    #2

    Re: This guy is looking for the killer of Bruce Lee!

    I can't think of one, but it doesn't matter because I'm going to use to be looking for Bruce Lee's murderer too from now on!

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    #3

    Re: This guy is looking for the killer of Bruce Lee!

    There is a Chinese idiom "to look for bones in an egg". It means "to deliberately find fault with someone who is faultless".
    Last edited by tedmc; 12-Feb-2020 at 03:29.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: This guy is looking for the killer of Bruce Lee!

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ID:	3321I like this one, though it's not common.

  5. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #5

    Re: This guy is looking for the killer of Bruce Lee!

    Wasn't Bruce Lee killed by an allergic reaction to a medicine?

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    #6

    Re: This guy is looking for the killer of Bruce Lee!

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I can't think of one, but it doesn't matter because I'm going to use to be looking for Bruce Lee's murderer too from now on!

  7. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #7

    Re: This guy is looking for the killer of Bruce Lee!

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    There is a Chinese idiom "to look for bones in an egg". It means "to deliberately find fault with someone who is faultless".
    I do like this idiom.

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