Definition of under the microscope in US English:

under the microscope


  • Under critical examination.

    ‘aspects of our operations will be put under the microscope’
    ‘love, marriage, and money come under the microscope’
    • ‘Northern Rock will kick off the bank reporting season this week, bringing the state of the housing market back under the microscope.’
    • ‘The US battle plans have been widely leaked and put under the microscope by Western military analysts.’
    • ‘I know I'm generalizing, but this show puts these tendencies under the microscope.’
    • ‘The California law has predictably been thrust under the microscope since its usage in this monumental trial.’
    • ‘An urgent need to support black and ethnic minority women who are victims of domestic abuse has been put under the microscope.’
    • ‘The authority is among the first wave of district councils in the country to have its public services put under the microscope as part of the new assessment.’
    • ‘One of last century's most potent literary and political figures is put under the microscope in this prize-winning biography.’
    • ‘Each week a topical subject was put under the microscope and debated by way of historical writings.’
    • ‘The state of roads across the city will come under the microscope at tomorrow's Environment and Transport Scrutiny Panel meeting.’
    • ‘All current spending has to be put under the microscope, with a thorough examination across all spending heads.’
    exploratory, investigational, probing, fact-finding, trial and error
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