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British pronunciation/splˈɪt hˈeəz/
American pronunciation/splˈɪt hˈɛɹz/
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to highlight insignificant details or small distinctions between two things

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to [split] hairs definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "split hairs" and when to use it?

The idiom "split hairs" has its roots in the image of dividing a single hair into smaller parts, which is a highly exacting and detailed task. It is used to describe the act of making excessively precise and often unnecessary distinctions in an argument, conversation, or situation.

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I'm sorry to split hairs, but your portion of the bill is $25.97, not $25.79.
I actually think it was your responsibility, not Dave's, but let's not split hairs about it.
During the debate, he was splitting hairs over the wording of a single sentence instead of addressing the main issue.
In negotiations, it's important to avoid splitting hairs over minor details and instead focus on reaching a fair agreement.
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