Idiom:  split hairs

Meaning

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.


Synonyms

  • nitpick
  • pick to pieces


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