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    Idiom

    I need help with the idiom "splitting atoms". Does it mean doing nothing special?

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    I haven't heard that one before.

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    Re: Idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Smith
    I need help with the idiom "splitting atoms". Does it mean doing nothing special?
    I haven'y heard it either. I would have said it meant splitting atoms. :wink:

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    Could it mean 'splitting hairs'?

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    "splitting atoms" Splitting hairs is the same thing. Means being too pickyuni.

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    Re: Idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Smith
    I need help with the idiom "splitting atoms". Does it mean doing nothing special?
    I've heard it in reference to a tedious act; a difficult act; an unbelievable/incomprehensible act. :)

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    Post Re: Idiom

    Splitting an atom is a difficult and potentially dangerous thing to do! This figure of speech is used often to express the non importance of something.

    A menial worker would describe the insignificance of his job by saying:
    "It's not like I'm splitting atoms here."

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    Re: Idiom

    Thank you for your contribution - even though the thread is four years old

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