fussiness :

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  • n  an irritable petulant feeling
  • n  unnecessary elaborateness in details

  • Whether he's creating bird feeders or webcams, Beck's philosophy is to streamline the fussiness out of our gadget-happy culture.
  • What O'Neill would call rigor, Bush officials say, was an excessive fussiness that led to policy gridlock and sniping within the economic team.
  • If he's doing a duet, he wants his partner singing with him live on a single take--an almost unheard-of level of fussiness in an era when voices are spliced and diced and singers .

  • John McCain in Atlantic Online
    CBS News National Correspondent Dean Reynolds noted yesterday that the McCain campaign accused Obama of reacting to McCain's aggressiveness "with a mix of fussiness and hysteria."

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