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기실 세번이나 모임에 나오면서도 나는 이들이 어쩌면 통신에 존재하는 허다한 마니아 집단들처럼, 도토리 [[키재기식의]] 상식 대결이나 벌이는, 할 일 없는 속물들은 아닐까 하는 생각을 하고 있었던 것이다.

So I get that it literally means acorn height measurement but I don't understand what the sentence means

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Not '도토리 [[키재기식의]] 상식 대결이나 벌이는' but '[[도토리 키재기]]식의 상식 대결이나 벌이는'.

'도토리 키재기' means 'comparing the height of acorns'. Comparing the height of acorns are meaningless because all acorns are short, and the difference of height is insignificant.

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1) 도토리 키 재기 = struggling of people of low-level

2) 네가 크면, 얼마나 크다고 ? 너나 나나 도토리 키재기지.

If you are tall, how are you tall ? Difference of heights of you and me is not big and we are short.

3) If A has score 10 and B has score 20, then their score-comparing is 도토리 키재기.

If A has score 98 and B has score 99, then their score-comparing is very important, because an entrance can be determined by 1-score difference.

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