fine-tooth comb

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fine-tooth comb

 (fīn′to͞oth′) or fine-toothed comb (-to͞otht′, -to͞othd′)
n.
1. A comb with teeth set close together.
2. A method of searching or investigating in minute detail: examined the figures with a fine-tooth comb but found no errors.

fine-tooth comb

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fine-toothed comb

n
1. a comb with fine teeth set closely together
2. go over with a fine-tooth comb go over with a fine-toothed comb go through with a fine-tooth comb go through with a fine-toothed comb to examine very thoroughly

fine′-tooth`

(or fine′-toothed`) comb′,


n.
a comb having narrow, closely set teeth.
Idioms:
go over or through with a fine-tooth comb, to examine in close detail; search thoroughly.
[1830–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fine-tooth comb - a comb with teeth set close together
comb - a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge; disentangles or arranges hair
2.fine-tooth comb - a method of examining in minute detail; "he went over the contract with a fine-tooth comb looking for loopholes"
examination, scrutiny - the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
Translations

fine-tooth comb

[ˌfaɪnˌtuːθˈkəʊm] Npeine m de púas finas
to go over or through sth with a fine-tooth combrevisar or examinar algo a fondo

fine-tooth comb

n to go over something with a fine-tooth combetw genau unter die Lupe nehmen; areaetw durchkämmen; roometw gründlich durchsuchen

fine-tooth comb

[ˈfaɪnˌtuːθˈkəʊm] n to go through sth with a fine-tooth comb (fig) → passare qc al setaccio
References in classic literature ?
From the kinky locks of one of the naked young men he drew a hand-carved, fine-toothed comb, the lofty back of which was inlaid with mother-of-pearl, which he later sold in Sydney to a curio shop for eight shillings.