To Split Hairs

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: To Split Hairs

What does “to split hairs” mean?
  • To find fault, to nitpick or quibble about something small and unimportant
  • Make unnecessary, tiny distinctions between things
  • Argue about small and unimportant details of something
How to use it?
  • Add “about…” or “over…” after it, to indicate the what the action concerns
Examples:
  • I usually treat everyone because I hate splitting hairs over restaurant bills.
  • My wife just told me to stop splitting hairs about household chores!

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Word of the Day:

Quibble: to argue about a trivial matter

References:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/