under a/the microscope

Definition of under a/the microscope

:in a state of being watched very closely
  • Celebrities can find it difficult (to be) living under the microscope.
  • The business has recently been put under the microscope by federal investigators.

Word by Word Definitions

under play
  1. : in or into a position below or beneath something

  2. : below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

  3. : in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. : below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

  2. : subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate

microscope play
  1. : an optical instrument consisting of a lens or combination of lenses for making enlarged images of minute objects

  2. : a non-optical instrument (such as one using radiations other than light or using vibrations) for making enlarged images of minute objects


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