detailing

[ dee-tey-ling ]
/ ˈdi teɪ lɪŋ /

noun

the process of thoroughly cleaning the interior and exterior of a vehicle and doing minor repairs to improve its appearance: auto detailing.

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Origin of detailing

First recorded in 1970–75; detail(def 13) + -ing1

Definition for detailing (2 of 2)

detail
[ noun dih-teyl, dee-teyl; verb dih-teyl or for 13, dee-teyl ]
/ noun dɪˈteɪl, ˈdi teɪl; verb dɪˈteɪl or for 13, ˈdi teɪl /

noun

verb (used with object)

Origin of detail

1595–1605; < French détail, Old French, noun derivative of detailler ‘to cut in pieces’, equivalent to de- dis-1 + tailler ‘to cut’ < Vulgar Latin *taliāre; see tailor1

OTHER WORDS FROM detail

pre·de·tail, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for detailing

detail
/ (ˈdiːteɪl) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for detail

C17: from French détail, from Old French detailler to cut in pieces, from de- dis- 1 + tailler to cut; see tailor
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Idioms and Phrases with detailing

detail

see in detail.

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