a comb having narrow, closely set teeth.
Idioms about fine-tooth comb
go over / through with a fine-tooth comb, to examine in close detail; search thoroughly; fine-comb: The police went over the apartment with a fine-tooth comb.
- Also fine-toothed comb [fahyn-tootht, -toothd]. /ˈfaɪnˌtuθt, -ˌtuðd/.
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How to use fine-tooth comb in a sentence
Make sure your contractor is taking precise measurements, as the insurance company will go through the quote with a fine-tooth comb to find any discrepancies.
We’ve gone over our code with a fine-tooth comb, overhauling the most important parts and ditching outdated bits.
How does it feel when every year your home electric bill in Tennessee is gone over with a fine tooth comb?
Then—still on the way to harbor—a really fine-tooth-comb examination of the ship began.The Invaders | William Fitzgerald Jenkins
You could rake all hell with a fine-tooth comb and not find a worse man to try you—if you killed Adam Forbes.Stepsons of Light | Eugene Manlove Rhodes
The only way to close the books on this matter fast is to cover the city with a fine-tooth comb.The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth
Dip an old tooth-brush lightly into the ink, and, holding it over the cardboard, rub the bristles gently across a fine tooth comb.What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes | Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Sometimes it is more easy to find them on a fine-tooth comb passed through the hair.
British Dictionary definitions for fine-tooth comb
a comb with fine teeth set closely together
go over with a fine-tooth comb, go over with a fine-toothed comb, go through with a fine-tooth comb or go through with a fine-toothed comb to examine very thoroughly
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fine-tooth comb
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.
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