fine-toothed 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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fine-toothed 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-toothed 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)
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.
What's unhealthy is to go over and over your many shortcomings with a fine-toothed comb.
THERE'S stress for the Carters after Fi went through their finances with a fine-toothed comb.
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A Part of the mouthpiece of a wind instrument B A guardsman's helmet plume C A fine-toothed comb D A facial wart QUESTION 13 - for 13 points: From which plant is the drug digitalis obtained?
Before and after a flight, maintenance teams go over each aircraft with a fine-toothed comb looking for discrepancies, which are noted in red ink on an aircraft inspection form.
For average Americans, it's the time of year when the Internal Revenue Service pours over our finances with a fine-toothed comb.
Summary: For average Americans, it’s the time of year when the Internal Revenue Service pours over our finances with a fine-toothed comb.
Senate confirmation hearings put nominees on notice that, as a Michigan state legislator reportedly once said, ''I'm watching everything you do with a fine-toothed comb.
This is best done using a small, fine-toothed comb to systematically examine all areas of the scalp and hair at least twice over.
1 Brush your hair then backcomb the roots with a fine-toothed comb to add texture (it also helps to hold any pins in place).
MANILA -- Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Nancy Binay intend to go over with a fine-toothed comb the Department of Social Welfare and Development's 2014 budget, particularly the increased allocation for the DSWD's cash doleout program.