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[kohm-out] /ˈkoʊmˌaʊt/
a thorough combing or brushing of the hair.
Origin of comb-out
First recorded in 1915-20; noun use of verb phrase comb out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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
  • We comb out our mines and shipyards, and factories, ceaselessly for more men.

    Women and War Work Helen Fraser
  • Perhaps you can help me take off my dress, Fan, and comb out my hair.

    Fan W.H. Hudson (AKA Henry Harford)
  • Doubtless the next generation will comb out every detail of it.

    Sea Warfare Rudyard Kipling
  • "Here it is for you," said Shaking-head, taking the comb out of his pocket.

  • You need not try to comb out or shove back the matted locks.

    The Abominations of Modern Society Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
  • He tried unsuccessfully to comb out a few strands of the matted mane and gave up.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • “I should call it foul,” said Catherine, beginning to comb out her great braids.

    The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted Katharine Ellis Barrett
  • It is usual to drive a stake in the ground to act as a toothed comb, to comb out the plug of earth.

    The Art of Travel Francis Galton
  • Silver began to grin and strut and comb out his scarlet thrums with dirty fingers.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for comb out

comb out

verb (transitive, adverb)
to remove (tangles or knots) from (the hair) with a comb
to isolate and remove for a purpose
to survey carefully; examine systematically
an act of combing out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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