fine-tooth comb[fīnˈto͞othˈ] or fine-toothed comb [-to͞othtˈ, -to͞oÞdˈ]
fine-tooth comb definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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or fine-toothed combnoun
- A comb with teeth set close together.
- A method of searching or investigating in minute detail: examined the figures with a fine-toothed comb but found no errors.
fine-tooth comb - Phrases/Idioms
A method of searching or investigating in minute detail, as in He examined the figures with a fine-tooth comb but found no errors. The practice of using a comb with close-set teeth to comb out head lice was transferred to various kinds of investigation in the late 1800s.
Variant of fine-toothed comb
a comb with fine, closely set teeth
also fine-tooth comb