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toothcomb Line breaks: tooth|comb
Pronunciation: /ˈtuːθkəʊm/

Definition of toothcomb in English:


Used with reference to a very thorough search or analysis of something: Cropper will have been through the manuscript with a toothcomb the boys have been over the area with a fine toothcomb
More example sentences
  • The Guardian's Book Review has a review of his new biography of the grumpiest man in popular music, which advises you to snap it up quick before Van's solicitors run their toothcombs over it.
  • And even those who have gone through the figures with a fine fiscal toothcomb are still unsure that they can work out how it will all work.


The forms toothcomb and fine toothcomb arose from a misreading of the compound noun fine-tooth comb, a comb with closely spaced teeth. However, in modern use all the forms are accepted in standard English.

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