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split

(split),
1. To cleave or break.
2. Any condition involving cleavage or bifurcation.

split

(splĭt) [D. splitten, to divide]
1. A longitudinal fissure.
2. Characterized by a deep fissure.
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As he retires from Tests, they split hairs on his show
United, on the other hand, won't split hairs over Real's fee and Van Gl has enough funds at his disposal to negotiate a straight cash deal.
If your spouse wants a dog but Easter has you begging for a bunny and you'd rather not split hairs over hares, consider Steven.
These short-sighted opponents of progress split hairs over the costs and benefits when it is clear that this nation's railway network is in desperate need of visionary redevelopment and that this country is in desperate need of projects that will make us proud, and will put skilled men and women to work.
In not confirming a run for lieutenant governor, Naughton wrote he is "not trying to split hairs or play with language here," and would notify The Item and his local constituents "if and when" he was prepared to make a formal announcement.
"To split hairs between statutory underpinning and statutory regulation is not an acceptable distinction in a free and democratic country."
| MONKEY BUTLER: Actually it's a chimpanzee but let''s not split hairs
In fact, the children of 2012 aren't afraid to split hairs to get their own way.