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1A comb with narrow teeth that are close together.
- ‘The simplest nonchemical lice cure is mechanical: Manually remove lice by combing the hair of the infested child with a fine-toothed comb.’
- ‘A fine-tooth comb also works very well, especially on cats.’
- ‘The National Pediculosis Association recommends removal of lice with a fine-toothed comb rather than using chemical preparations.’
- ‘The princess was presently bringing an ivory fine-toothed comb through her long hair as she looked at her refection in the mirror.’
- ‘Nit combs are fine-toothed combs which can remove the tiny eggs laid by lice.’
- ‘Roxie chirped, running a fine-toothed comb through her silky blonde hair.’
- ‘Comb gel through with a fine-toothed comb and let hair dry naturally.’
- ‘Honey bees, when plagued by tiny tracheal mites, will use their legs like a fine-tooth comb to rid themselves of the life-threatening parasites.’
- 1.1[in singular] Used with reference to a very thorough search or analysis of something.‘you should check the small print with a fine-tooth comb’
- ‘That's why you have to really go through your contract with a fine-tooth comb.’
- ‘‘It's my fault for not going through it with a fine-tooth comb,’ Wells observed.’
- ‘The thing was to discover what they wanted to write, and then go through each poem with a fine-tooth comb to try to help them improve it.’
- ‘It just shows you, kids, don't ever sign a statement if you haven't been through it with a fine-tooth comb.’
- ‘He and I looked over the modem with a fine-tooth comb, and could find nothing that looked like a button.’
- ‘The Department of Arts has gone through it with a fine-tooth comb and it is absolutely justified.’
- ‘It might contain an underlying message that overrides careful analysis discoverable only by the few who go through it with a fine-tooth comb.’
- ‘It's going to be examining every piece of software with a fine-tooth comb.’
- ‘Lawyers are going through the proposals - in a document 70 or 80 pages long - with a fine-toothed comb.’
- ‘The planners' report goes over the city's Official Plan with a fine-tooth comb to discover numerous reasons why this kind of development is inappropriate for the neighbourhood and inconsistent with all the city's planning intentions.’
- ‘All of their marketing strategies for the coming year will have to be gone through with a fine-tooth comb, and most of them will have to be scrapped.’
- ‘Tomorrow I shall go over all my outgoings with a fine-tooth comb, looking for other savings.’
- ‘‘I've been through their manufacturing products with a fine-tooth comb, and they're not bad at all,’ he says.’
- ‘So I wrote to assure them that I had raked over every lyric with a fine-toothed comb, and that I was only doing songs that I felt I could do.’
- ‘‘We have thousands of contracts, all of which were set up at a different time and in a different way, so it meant going through each one with a fine-toothed comb,’ Nish says.’
- ‘They'll go over it with a fine-tooth comb and find every area that looks unusual - burning, breakage, that kind of thing - to try to help determine what the primary cause was.’
- ‘We will be going through the proposed plans with a fine-toothed comb to make the best we can of it, looking for ways to mitigate the impact of the road.’
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