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cut (one's) comb

To humble someone who is acting arrogant. If he brags about his straight A's one more time, I'm going to remind him how bad his grades were last year. That should cut his comb! I'm really proud of this accomplishment, so stop trying to cut my comb!
See also: comb, cut

go through (something) with a fine-tooth comb

To scrutinize something; to look at something very carefully. We need to go through these files with a fine-tooth comb to find that missing paperwork. Make sure to go through your thesis with a fine-tooth comb before you hand it in—you don't want your advisors wading through proofreading errors, do you?
See also: comb, through

comb (something) for (someone or something)

To look through an area in an attempt to find someone or something in particular. We combed the wreckage for survivors but still haven't found any. I've been combing the house for my glasses—have you seen them?
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comb (something) out of (something)

To remove something, such as debris or knots, from something by combing. My poor daughter cries every time I try to comb the tangles out of her hair.
See also: comb, of, out

comb through (something)

To carefully look through an area or an item in an attempt to find someone or something. We combed through the wreckage but still haven't found any survivors. I combed through my bag in search of my glasses, and they were on my head the whole time!
See also: comb, through

comb something for someone or something

Fig. to look all over or all through something for a particular person or thing. The police combed the entire neighborhood for the criminals. I combed the entire house for the missing paper.
See also: comb

comb something out of something

 and comb something out
to remove substances or knots and snarls from something by combing. I had to comb the gum out of her hair. It took me over an hour to comb out the gum.
See also: comb, of, out

comb through something

Fig. to look through something, examining it thoroughly. I combed through all my belongings, looking for the lost papers. The vet combed through the dog's coat, looking for tick bites.
See also: comb, through

go over something with a fine-tooth comb

 and search something with a fine-tooth comb; go through something with a fine-tooth comb
Fig. to search through something very carefully. I can't find my calculus book. I went over the whole place with a fine-tooth comb. I searched this place with a fine-tooth comb and didn't find my ring.
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run a comb through something

to comb one's hair quickly. Run a comb through your hair after you come back in the house. She ran a comb through Timmy's hair, and tried to make him look presentable.
See also: comb, run, through

go over something with a fine-tooth comb

also go through something with a fine-tooth comb
to examine every part of something very carefully My accountant is going over my tax return with a fine-tooth comb.
Usage notes: also used in the form fine-toothed comb
See also: comb

with a fine-tooth comb

if you examine something with a fine-tooth comb, you examine every part of it very carefully I'd advise you to examine your insurance policy with a fine-tooth comb to make sure you're covered if you take your car abroad.
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fine-tooth comb

A method of searching or investigating in minute detail, as in He examined the figures with a fine-tooth comb but found no errors. The practice of using a comb with close-set teeth to comb out head lice was transferred to various kinds of investigation in the late 1800s.
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There's nothing like a personal touch to show someone that you care," says Sean "Diddy" Combs, Chairman of Combs Enterprises.
Contreras' ruling is a victory for Combs, who said in a statement, "The judge's decision ensures that stakeholders who worked on an important lizard conservation plan have a say in the proceedings.
It's not just their appearance that is wondrous: Slice a comb jelly embryo in two and you get two half-adults that can fertilize themselves to give birth to a perfectly whole offspring.
Terminella and others also painted Combs as an intelligent, aggressive businessman whose bravado sometimes overshadowed a soft heart.
In a few days, it enabled measurement precision comparable to the very best achieved in the same wavelength range with much more established techniques-and we hope the comb will do much better as the new technique is perfected.
Jagger said there was no evidence to back the barista's claim that Combs shot at him inside the kiosk.
Is it possible, regarding combs, to draw any conclusions about who has mended or reused them, and why?
A generation of men is growing up without using a comb now - a generation of uncombed heads.
But there are still many farmers who are struggling unnecessarily because of neglected hand pieces, cutters and combs.
Police took a report from someone who accused Combs of battery at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Sunday, said Officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman.
In November, Combs and Hunter met and apparently decided it was best to part ways.
Richard and his team sold tens of thousands of the combs and landed important distribution deals which could see his invention sold around the world.
Combs are an old-fashioned hair y that now look modern when wear them in pairs.
The company also adds three combs to the Snap-N-Clean line.