Adjective(1) (informal, or small
(1) Caught between the work rules of the teachers' unions and the picayune regulations of the central bureaucracy, they find themselves imprisoned in a mechanical system organized like an industrial factory.(2) Don't think this was a picayune issue with no larger consequences.(3) You may have noticed I generally stay away from picayune liturgical controversies.(4) In short, save for the picayune fact he had no bus-driving credentials, he was the perfect bus driver.(5) From all accounts, they are motivated solely by the desire to protect the Dear Leader from any picayune criticism of his divinely inspired policies.(6) I don't suppose many alpinists would have committed such a picayune ascent to paper, but I found the exercise useful.(7) This is not a picayune instance but, in my experience, the industry norm.(8) Yet beside these we find other sources suggesting that it is not appropriate to be too picayune .(9) He removed the watch from his wrist and showed the sphere, a copy of a Spanish coin, the picayune , that was circulated in New Orleans when the newspaper was founded, in 1837, and whose value covered the price of a copy of the newspaper.(10) His campaign has been forced to hire paid signature gatherers in a number of states and to shell out huge sums to fend off constant and frequently picayune legal challenges to its petitions.(11) The cyclist behind me lands the jump but slams on his brakes and skids to a stop next to my picayune wreck.(12) While still agonizing over this traumatic separation, he is approached by a white man who offers him a picayune .(13) The cameras in the classroom are teaching students to be ever more obedient; that is, to internalize the rules and to accept as legitimate an authority that polices even the most picayune infractions.(14) Having fewer picayune regulations might lead coaches to commit more strongly to those that matter.(15) Cogitating, considering, and contemplating about the grand scheme of things not to mention picayune matters is cheap.(16) Governments now claim to have a mandate for a battery of items in the manifesto, however picayune each may be.
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