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

or

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 ?
She assumes a crushing dignity and goes on serenely practicing with her fine-tooth comb and quoting poetry just the same as if you were not present at all.
We'll go through him with a fine-tooth comb but nothing will show up for a week or more because you can't rush these things."
Now that the agreement has been signed, the Senate Finance Committee will review it with a fine-tooth comb and have the opportunity to weigh in.
The Dengvaxia case would have surely been vetted with the same fine-tooth comb, unless political considerations got the better of his decision-making process.
Ian suggests following the three Cs for tackling head lice: | COMB: Use a fine-tooth comb, with teeth no more than 0.3mm apart to ensure that you can trap them, and ideally use a white comb so they are more visible.
"As a result, I'm skeptical that our license posting rules currently serve any useful purpose and look forward to reviewing comments from stakeholders discussing whether they should be eliminated …This might sound like a simple Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, but our team nonetheless had to go through our regulations with a fine-tooth comb to locate all the relevant rules.
Ceredigion Council carried out a four-day inspection and, according to the owners, went over everything with a "fine-tooth comb", pointing out issues that the attraction needed to address.
A Check for lice by parting the hair with a fine-tooth comb. If your child has lice, use conditioner on damp hair and comb through in sections from the scalp to the ends.
The Serbian striker's first couple of tackles in English football have come under severe scrutiny since he arrived for [pounds sterling]13m from Anderlecht, with TV pundits going over clashes against Southampton and Swansea City with a fine-tooth comb.
Senator Bongbong Marcos, who's going over the Bangsamoro Basic Law with a fine-tooth comb, a magnifying glass, and a stethoscope, would like to have Mohagher Iqbal, chief negotiator of the MILF, on his side, should the need and occasion arise.
Hamilton, 30, has played a major role in the talks himself and said ahead of Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix that he was now well versed in legal terms having taken a fine-tooth comb to the offer on the table.
The details of any agreement, if reached, must be examined with a fine-tooth comb because at this juncture significant gaps still remain.