fine-tooth comb

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fine-tooth comb

[fahyn-tooth]
noun
1.
a comb having narrow, closely set teeth.
Idioms
2.
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] .


Origin:
1830–40

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fine-tooth comb or fine-toothed comb
 
n
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
 
n

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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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Example sentences
His completely ordinary education, colleagues, friends and past have all been
  gone over with a fine-tooth comb.
We will be going through the proposal with a fine-tooth comb and making an
  independent judgment.
We have been over the record with a fine-tooth comb and cannot find any such
  concession.
The best way to get rid of them is to use a fine-tooth comb.
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