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  • n  a disputant who makes unreasonably fine distinctions

  • Senator Robert Taft, a hairsplitter to his enemies, a Blackstone to his friends, exploded a bomb under his fellow Americans.
  • Though many think that he is a stubborn hairsplitter in enforcing too many rules and regulations (e.
  • The Judge, "legal hairsplitter" (as the Republicans called him) "honest, impartial, fearless patriot" (as the Monarchists called him) found that Editor Rothardt was guilty of .

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