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English definition of “nitpick”


verb [I]     /ˈnɪt.pɪk/ informal disapproving
to find faults in details that are not important : Must you nitpick all the time ?Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation nitpicker     /r/ US  // noun [C]
(Definition of nitpick verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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