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comb-out

[kohm-out] /ˈkoʊmˌaʊt/
noun
1.
a thorough combing or brushing of the hair.
Origin of comb-out
1915-1920
First recorded in 1915-20; noun use of verb phrase comb out
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Examples from the Web for comb out
Historical Examples
  • She snatched the comb out of my hand like a wicked woman, and tore out my hair.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Perhaps you can help me take off my dress, Fan, and comb out my hair.

    Fan W.H. Hudson (AKA Henry Harford)
  • "Here it is for you," said Shaking-head, taking the comb out of his pocket.

  • We comb out our mines and shipyards, and factories, ceaselessly for more men.

    Women and War Work

    Helen Fraser
  • Doubtless the next generation will comb out every detail of it.

    Sea Warfare Rudyard Kipling
  • You need not try to comb out or shove back the matted locks.

    The Abominations of Modern Society Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
  • "Somebody has shoved the comb out of my head, I declare; and I have torn my dress," said the youngest.

  • “I should call it foul,” said Catherine, beginning to comb out her great braids.

    The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted

    Katharine Ellis Barrett
  • Silver began to grin and strut and comb out his scarlet thrums with dirty fingers.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • When the new man came, he attempted to comb out the horse's tail, and the added portion came off in his hand.

    Out of the Hurly-Burly

    Charles Heber Clark
British Dictionary definitions for comb out

comb out

verb (transitive, adverb)
1.
to remove (tangles or knots) from (the hair) with a comb
2.
to isolate and remove for a purpose
3.
to survey carefully; examine systematically
noun
4.
an act of combing out
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