Entry from British & World English dictionary
- 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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