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fine-tooth comb

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(also fine-toothed comb)

Definition of fine-tooth comb in English:


1A comb with narrow teeth that are close together.
Example sentences
  • Comb gel through with a fine-toothed comb and let hair dry naturally.
  • Nit combs are fine-toothed combs which can remove the tiny eggs laid by lice.
  • The simplest nonchemical lice cure is mechanical: Manually remove lice by combing the hair of the infested child with a fine-toothed comb.
1.1 [in singular] Used with reference to a very thorough search or analysis of something: they went through the house with a fine-tooth comb See also toothcomb.
More example sentences
  • ‘It's my fault for not going through it with a fine-tooth comb,’ Wells observed.
  • The planners' report goes over the city's Official Plan with a fine-tooth comb to discover numerous reasons why this kind of development is inappropriate for the neighbourhood and inconsistent with all the city's planning intentions.
  • The Department of Arts has gone through it with a fine-tooth comb and it is absolutely justified.

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