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small print

noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for small print
  • Please refrain from calling them anything else, even in small print, at the end of the last paragraph.
  • We squinted together at a gray field of small print punctuated by subheads in boldface.
  • What is clear is that those who hammered out the small print of the legislation are sticking by it.
  • The second part, in small print, seemed pretentious.
  • The small print inside, though, tells a different tale.
  • But then it changed its mind, saying that neither parliament nor the voters had had time to look at the small print.
  • Look at your iPod: the company name appears only in the small print.
  • Their fees and charges were typically buried in the small print.
  • So, the next time a newspaper headline declares that something is bad for you, read the small print.
  • And even if they are not, they may be displaying largesse in the small print of compensation contracts.
British Dictionary definitions for small print

small print

matter in a contract, etc, printed in small type, esp when considered to be a trap for the unwary
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Idioms and Phrases with small print

small print

Also, fine print. The details in a contract or other document, often indicating restrictions or other disadvantages. For example, Be sure you read the small print before you sign your name to it, or They had the warranty terms in fine print, so you'd overlook the fact that it was only good for a month. This idiom alludes to the fact that such material is often printed in smaller type than the rest of the document. [ Mid-1900s ]
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