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fine print

The details of a contract or other document that are important but easily overlooked (often due to very small size of the text.) If you had read the fine print, we wouldn't be going to court over this, now would we? Be sure to read the fine print before you sign any contracts!
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the fine print

The specific terms, conditions, restrictions, limitations, etc., of an agreement, contract, or other document, often printed in very small type and thus easy to go unnoticed. The terms of the loan look pretty good at face value, but be sure to read the fine print or you could find yourself in a heap of trouble down the line. If I had my way, I would make fine print illegal—it's so deceitful!
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It was only the very last line of the half-page of fine print that read, "If I do not qualify for a VISA gold credit card, I apply for a regular VISA credit card.
Many IS managers report that by using Fine Print the savings on paper and toner costs become quite substantial over weeks and months.
Study the bill and the fine print to make certain you don't double pay for parts and labor.
The fine print below the headline Bluetooth announcements for vehicles like the Acura TL or Chrysler Pacifica (both of which use systems developed by Johnson Controls) is that only a select few phones can be used if you want to access the function.
Almost daily I see, in big type, some car dealer advertising an "everyday low price" of $13,499, but then the fine print discloses that they arrived at that price by calculating $1,500 in "customer cash" into the discount.
The infamous fine print has been enlarged, and chapter divisions have been inserted where Barth begins a new point.
and then, under terms buffed in fine print, collect huge sums when the cardholder misses a payment, goes over her limit, or carries a balance.
Los Angeles Fine Print Fair 2006: Vendor booths, exhibits and the sale of various fine-art posters.
Therefore, communicate with your creditors to resolve old debts as soon as possible and always read the fine print.
Happily, Bagley writes without the prolixity often associated with the legal profession--the kind of eye-glazing, spare-no-heretofores stuff that too often fills up the fine print of lending or securities documents.
In fine print on the last page of the Guinness Rook Of World Records it notes that all world records are held by Chuck Norris, and those listed in the book are simply the closest anyone else has ever gotten.
In this case, you can't ignore reading the fine print of legislation.
The Fine Print Of Self-Publishing analyses and ranks the contracts and services of 48 different POD companies and identifies the strengths and weaknesses of taking a POD approach to self-publishing.
Now whenever I'm asked for my advice on POD companies, I'm going to give them the urgent recommendation that they read Mark Levine's "The Fine Print Of Self-Publishing: The Contracts & Services Of 48 Self-Publishing Companies--Analyzed, Ranked & Exposed" from cover to cover.
pointed out that the very fine print stated that the prize was contingent on a Grand Prize winning entry.