fine tooth comb

fine-tooth comb

a comb having narrow, closely set teeth.
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] .

1830–40 Unabridged
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fine-tooth comb or fine-toothed comb
1.  a comb with fine teeth set closely together
2.  go over with a fine-tooth comb, go over with a fine-toothed comb, go through with a fine-tooth comb, go through with a fine-toothed comb to examine very thoroughly
fine-toothed comb or fine-toothed comb

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