fine print


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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And nope, there's not a single catch or fine print. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Sephora Is Giving Away Free Face Masks, and There's No Catch," 25 July 2018 Some VPNs can have troubling fine print, less than ideal business practices, or roots in countries with laws that don't favor privacy. David Nield, Popular Mechanics, "How to Choose and Use a VPN," 13 Apr. 2017 But be sure to read the fine print: Reward points expire if not used within 60 days. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Chipotle Launches New Rewards Program," 2 Oct. 2018 As to be expected, there’s some fine print: those customers will be charged $2.99 a month after that two month window. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Apple is giving new iCloud subscribers 200GB of space for free for two months," 25 Aug. 2018 Read the fine print, as free shipping may not apply to returns or exchanges. Good Housekeeping, "How to Shop Smarter on Cyber Monday," 20 Nov. 2012 Tesla’s production triumph comes with some fine print. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Tesla’s Big Number Doesn’t Solve Its Problems," 2 July 2018 The truth about battery claims often lie in the fine print. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The Pixel 3’s Greatness Is Measured in Millimeters," 15 Oct. 2018 But after years of savings interest rates scraping along the bottom at just tenths of a percent, many of these new offers are by comparison quite attractive — as long as savers read the fine print under the big, bold type, and meet all requirements. Katheleen Conti,, "Banks are offering higher interest rates for savings accounts. But you still need to be smart," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of fine print

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fine print was in 1891

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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

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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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