mass nounBritish
  • 1Printed matter in small type.

    • ‘One policy seen by Scotland on Sunday ran to 13 pages of small print containing 15,000 words.’
    • ‘This text appeared at the end of twenty-one lines of very small print at the end of a page.’
    • ‘Their names are recorded in small print on the backs of dusty album sleeves or frayed concert programs, as sidemen and women.’
    • ‘The problem was I remembered the story as being really big when it was just a very small three paragraph article written in small print.’
    • ‘This is noted by the author's biography listed at the bottom of the article in small print.’
    • ‘The small print at the bottom of the page said it was printed in 1930.’
    • ‘In small print at the bottom were a list of advisory pamphlets that were available, apparently in all major dialects and communication methods.’
    1. 1.1 Inconspicuous details or conditions printed in an agreement or contract, especially ones that may prove unfavourable.
      ‘check the small print and make sure you know your rights’
      • ‘This, coupled with misleading advertising and reams of small print, means that we usually end up with partial information as to its suitability, at best.’
      • ‘Take this as fair warning - if you have a service account somewhere, check the small print on your contract.’
      • ‘Neither will tinkering with small print after they've been caught out let the banks off the hook.’
      • ‘He urges businesses in Yorkshire to read the small print carefully before they respond to a direct mail from this organisation.’
      • ‘There should be less small print on credit agreements, which customers find too complex to understand.’
      • ‘Think carefully before you enter into a credit agreement and check the small print before you sign.’
      • ‘The small print on the web page of the FIDE Medical Commission is far franker.’
      • ‘The small print also notes that the average weight loss was only 4.2 pounds.’
      • ‘Also, it's riddled with small print and jargon, which means that it's practically incomprehensible to the everyday punter.’
      • ‘The asterisk led to small print at the bottom of the page which read: ‘Offer subject to availability’.’
      • ‘He said she was meant to read the terms and conditions and small print.’
      • ‘A Bradford freight firm has lost a landmark court case after a judge ruled a verbal agreement was more important than small print in a contract.’
      • ‘But wary travellers should check the small print in their agreements.’
      • ‘What was previously contained in the public statement is now hidden in its small print.’
      • ‘This figure will be familiar to anyone who has read the legal small print when purchasing a property.’
      • ‘Financial advisers who conveniently forget to mention extra charges detailed in the small print of the contract are not uncommon.’
      • ‘If you're taking your own skis, don't forget to check each airline's small print for any extra carrying charges - some do, some don't.’
      • ‘The small print may be accurate, but headlines are sometimes completely off the wall.’
      • ‘It was convinced it could do this, because small print gave directors discretion over what they paid by way of terminal bonus.’
      • ‘I believe that many of my ex-colleagues deliberately use gobbledygook and small print to confuse the public!’


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