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Meaning of 咬文嚼字

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yǎo wén jiáo
to bite words and chew characters (idiom); punctilious about minutiae of wording
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Antonyms: 文不加点
Example Sentences
1
I don't like either. He is always putting on an act, either speaking like a book or being playful with words.
2
And she sometimes talked about her "goals."
3
Let's not split hairs over words, let's look at the facts.
4
This may look like just semantics, but it matters.
5
One who favors words over ideas or substance.