fine-toothed comb

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fine-tooth comb

 (fīn′to͞oth′) or fine-toothed comb (-to͞otht′, -to͞othd′)
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.
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.
But with longer haired pets, it's best to do a thorough inspection 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.
Why don't they just go through the town with a fine-toothed comb and turn every empty shop or office building into student accommodation and have done because that's what's slowly happening and soon we won't be able to shift for them, plus they'd need more coffee shops.
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).
If I see what looks like a viable business case, that's when we would go through it with a fine-toothed comb and go through Sisu's off-shore activities.
The first-line treatment often used is wet-combing with a fine-toothed comb.
You can go through the performance with a fine-toothed comb and try to address where it went wrong but, at the end of the day, we just came up a little bit short.
But quite rightly they want to pick that plan apart with a fine-toothed comb and ensured that it fits the right criteria.
The deal is also dragging out due to the fine-toothed comb that lawyers are taking to it.
A second investigator, who did not know the results of the first inspection, applied conditioner to wet the hair and combed from roots to ends with a fine-toothed comb.