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
- 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