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.

Recent Examples on the Web

There are deals to be had, but some serious reading of the fine print is required. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The best Black Friday 2018 phone deals at Best Buy, Walmart, and more," 21 Nov. 2018 For smartphones, retailers and carriers alike will have offers for big-name phones from Apple, Google, OnePlus, and Samsung—but beware of the fine print. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: The Black Friday 2018 tech deals that might actually be worth buying," 18 Nov. 2018 The fine print: in 2017, Toshiba, which used to be a top brand in the United States, sold off 95% of its TV business to Chinese manufacturer Hisense, which itself ranked 10th out of 11 on the survey. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "What you'll likely get with a Amazon Fire TV from Best Buy vs. other smart TV's," 19 Apr. 2018 Remember the Pace Picante Sauce commercials a few years back where the Texas cowboy happens to notice the fine print on a competing jar of salsa? Joe Holley, Houston Chronicle, "Texans would appreciate a little 'landscape respect' at the movies these days," 24 Feb. 2018 But The Times reported last month that the fine print accompanying Mr. Kogan’s questionnaire told Facebook users that their data could be used for commercial purposes. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "Professor Apologizes for Helping Cambridge Analytica Harvest Facebook Data," 22 Apr. 2018 The fine print of the policy prohibits smoking, but allows patients to consume through vaping and eating approved cannabis products. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "Three States Approved Legal Marijuana During Midterm Elections," 7 Nov. 2018 Of course, there's a few things to note in the fine print. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to London from $422 Round-Trip on Virgin Atlantic," 1 Oct. 2018 The fine print Only one Dairy Queen in each city will sell them. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Dairy Queen to sell baseball Blizzards on Opening Day in 15 lucky cities, and Phoenix is one of them," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of fine print

1891, in the meaning defined above

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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