fine-tooth comb

noun \ ˈfīn-ˌtüth- \

Definition of fine-tooth comb

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

First Known Use of fine-tooth comb

1836

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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FINE-TOOTH COMB Defined for English Language Learners

fine-tooth comb

Definition of fine-tooth comb for English Language Learners

  • : a comb with many small teeth


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