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nit·pick | \ ˈnit-ˌpik \
nitpicked; nitpicking; nitpicks

Definition of nitpick 

intransitive verb

: to engage in nit-picking

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: to criticize by nit-picking … warns her lawyers not to nitpick on relatively simple matters. —Deborah L. Jacobs

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nitpick noun
nitpicker noun
nitpicky \ ˈnit-ˌpi-kē \ adjective

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Examples of nitpick in a Sentence

her husband nitpicks about everything: from how she puts the plates away to how she files the bills

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There are plenty of reasons to nitpick England, but the British tabloids have that covered. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Why you shouldn't root for these countries in the 2018 World Cup," 12 June 2018 Darnold had issues with turnovers, and some observers began to nitpick his throwing delivery. Mark Maske, chicagotribune.com, "Winners and losers from the NFL draft's first round: AFC East comes out firing," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nitpick

1956, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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History and Etymology for nitpick

back-formation from nit-picking

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