building\ a\ watch

An act which requires a great deal of precision.
Used in engineering and building trades, usually in the negative.

Pete: Hey, Joe, how long is that two-by-four?

Joe: Why Pete, that two-by-four is 15 feet, 6 and 37 sixty-fourths inches long. Pete: Easy, Joe, we're not building a watch here.

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