Idiom:  split hairs


Idiom:  split hairs

  • to argue about small details or differences

Example sentences

— Although we both agreed to divorce, my husband is splitting hairs about our settlement.

— I’ll just pay the whole bill myself—I hate splitting hairs about the charges. 

— If we continue to split hairs, we'll never get this project started.

— It may seem like we're splitting hairs, but if we don't state the small details in the contract there will be disagreements later.

— If you're not willing to split hairs, then don't try to be a sports agent because the small details are important to your clients.

— I hate to split hairs but the difference of a couple of cents will be very significant when we're talking about hundreds of thousands of orders.

— Usually, I'm not one to split hairs but you're running over budget on every single project and that's becoming a problem.

— If you hate splitting hairs with your friends over restaurant bills, use Splitwise or Divvy to easily divide the bill and calculate the tax and tip.

— Are you seriously going to split hairs about the exact space everyone gets in the refrigerator? You and your roommates are a sad bunch.

— My wife loves to split hairs about chores. If I didn't accept it we'd be divorced.

— Look, I'd rather not split hairs but the amount we agreed on is specified in the contract. I won't accept less.


  • nitpick
  • pick to pieces

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