[ kohm-out ]

  1. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use comb-out in a sentence

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

    Sea Warfare | Rudyard Kipling
  • He was a fatherly old man, and she let him help her with her fastenings, and comb out her hair with the tiny comb in her étui.

    A Modern Telemachus | Charlotte M. Yonge
  • He had to feed the pony, comb out his mane and tail, give him a good grooming and do something about that saddle sore.

    Ticktock and Jim | Keith Robertson

British Dictionary definitions for comb out

comb out

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to remove (tangles or knots) from (the hair) with a comb

  2. to isolate and remove for a purpose

  1. to survey carefully; examine systematically

  1. an act of combing out

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