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persnickety

adjective uk   /pəˈsnɪk.ɪ.ti/ us    /pɚˈsnɪk.ə.t̬i/ US informal disapproving ( UK pernickety)
giving too much attention to small details that are not important in a way that annoys other people
Translations of “persnickety”
in Chinese (Traditional) 吹毛求疵的,愛挑剔的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 吹毛求疵的,爱挑剔的…
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