fine print

noun

Definition of fine print

: something thoroughly and often deliberately obscure especially : a part of an agreement or document spelling out restrictions and limitations often in small type or obscure language

Examples of fine print in a Sentence

Read the fine print before you sign the contract.

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For many, cruise and flight packages are an easier option than organizing air travel yourself, though take note: there’s a lot of fine print to read, and policies vary widely by company. Stefanie Waldek, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Pros and Cons of Booking Cruise and Flight Packages," 22 Aug. 2019 There is a lot of fine print, so read up before joining. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Regal offers free concessions with gift card purchase and new Unlimited Movie plans," 15 Aug. 2019 There's a lot of fine print, and there are deadlines. @nerdwallet, oregonlive.com, "You probably are affected by the Equifax data breach; here’s what to do," 1 Aug. 2019 But there's a lot of fine print, and there are deadlines. oregonlive, "An Equifax hack settlement offers a $125 payout. The truth is more complicated.," 27 July 2019 But there’s a lot of fine print, and there are deadlines. Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, "An Equifax hack settlement promises a $125 payout. The truth is more complicated.," 26 July 2019 Just as the app went viral, so did some of the fine print. John Herrman, New York Times, "FaceApp Is the Future," 24 July 2019 But my hunch is that personal attributes and personal stories will matter far more to Democratic primary voters than the fine print in position papers. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "What the Press Gets Wrong About Primary Debates," 13 Sep. 2019 The fine print in the Equifax case began to emerge almost immediately. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Did the FTC mislead consumers about its Equifax data breach settlement? Yes!," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of fine print

1891, in the meaning defined above

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fine print

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fine print

: the part of an agreement or document that contains important details and that is sometimes written in small letters

fine print

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Legal Definition of fine print

: a part of an agreement or document spelling out restrictions or limitations often in small type or obscure language

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