fine-tooth comb

\ ˈfīn-ˌtüth- How to pronounce fine-tooth comb (audio) \

Definition of fine-tooth comb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a comb with close-set teeth used especially for clearing parasites or foreign matter from the hair
2 : an attitude or system of thorough searching or scrutinizing went over the report with a fine-tooth comb

go over/through (something) with a fine-tooth comb


Definition of go over/through (something) with a fine-tooth comb (Entry 2 of 2)

: to examine something very closely The police are going over the evidence with a fine-tooth comb.

Examples of fine-tooth comb in a Sentence

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Throw a pocket-size hairspray, bobby pins, and a fine-tooth comb into a pouch for your maid of honor, bridesmaid, or sister to have on hand. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Avoid the 10 Biggest Hair Mistakes Brides Make," 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of fine-tooth comb


1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fine-tooth comb

: a comb with many small teeth

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