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a fine point of etiquette or petty formality

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strict observance of formalities

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It seemed to me a chilling and unnatural piece of punctilio between the children of a family and their instructor and daily companion; especially where the former were in their early childhood, as at Wellwood House; but even there, my calling the little Bloomfields by their simple names had been regarded as an offensive liberty: as their parents had taken care to show me, by carefully designating them MASTER and MISS Bloomfield, &c.
Boxx, Of Punctilios and Paybacks: The Duty of Loyalty
How long are they supposed to wait for the punctilios of the "human rights" groups to be satisfied before the condition of the actual residents in former Yugoslavia is allowed to improve?
During a three day spree Metzengerstein "out-Heroded Herod," engaging in "shameful debaucheries - flagrant treacheries - unheard-of atrocities" which demonstrate that "no punctilios of conscience" checked "the remorseless fangs of" this "petty Caligula"(95).
But [he goes on to say] though you should teach your children to be mannerly, I Don't mean, that they should spend all or a great part of their time, in nicely, curiously, critically observing those various, changeable, ceremonious, punctilios of carriage, which some very foolishly affect: this would be time very sinfully spent.