noun

mass nounBritish
  • 1Printed matter in small type.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The small print at the bottom of the page said it was printed in 1930.’
    • ‘Their names are recorded in small print on the backs of dusty album sleeves or frayed concert programs, as sidemen and women.’
    • ‘In small print at the bottom were a list of advisory pamphlets that were available, apparently in all major dialects and communication methods.’
    • ‘One policy seen by Scotland on Sunday ran to 13 pages of small print containing 15,000 words.’
    • ‘This is noted by the author's biography listed at the bottom of the article in small print.’
    • ‘This text appeared at the end of twenty-one lines of very small print at the end of a page.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The asterisk led to small print at the bottom of the page which read: ‘Offer subject to availability’.’
      • ‘The small print also notes that the average weight loss was only 4.2 pounds.’
      • ‘The small print may be accurate, but headlines are sometimes completely off the wall.’
      • ‘He said she was meant to read the terms and conditions and small print.’
      • ‘Financial advisers who conveniently forget to mention extra charges detailed in the small print of the contract are not uncommon.’
      • ‘Take this as fair warning - if you have a service account somewhere, check the small print on your contract.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Also, it's riddled with small print and jargon, which means that it's practically incomprehensible to the everyday punter.’
      • ‘He urges businesses in Yorkshire to read the small print carefully before they respond to a direct mail from this organisation.’
      • ‘What was previously contained in the public statement is now hidden in its small print.’
      • ‘Neither will tinkering with small print after they've been caught out let the banks off the hook.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But wary travellers should check the small print in their agreements.’
      • ‘This figure will be familiar to anyone who has read the legal small print when purchasing a property.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’

Pronunciation

small print