fine-tooth comb

\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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English Language Learners Definition of fine-tooth comb

: a comb with many small teeth

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