fine-tooth comb

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

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Anyone wanting to republish an official legal document will have to hire legal experts to go through the documents with a fine-tooth comb trying to determine which portions of the documents are in the public domain and which ones might not be. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Justices debate allowing state law to be “hidden behind a pay wall”," 3 Dec. 2019 Take a fine-tooth comb and carefully inspect your pets’ coat, looking closely for fleas in all of their forms: eggs, larvae, and adults. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "A Complete Guide to Getting Rid of Fleas in Your Home," 16 July 2019 With Hoover no longer in the picture for the upcoming campaign, area athletic directors and coaches went through their schedules with a fine-tooth comb to find new opponents for 2019. Charles Rich,, "Area football teams reshuffle schedules with Hoover no longer in play," 15 July 2019 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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“Fine-tooth comb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fine-tooth comb

: a comb with many small teeth

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