fine-tooth comb


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a fine-tooth comb

A phrase used to describe a way of doing something that is very careful and thorough. 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?
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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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The Bug Buster kit, developed by the United Kingdom charity organization Community Hygiene Concern, includes a fine-tooth comb and hair conditioner.
THE COMPANY OFFERS 18 PRODUCTS IN ITS GROOMING LINE, INCLUDING THE DOG SLICKER BRUSH, WHICH IS A 3-IN-1 GROOMING TOOL THAT INCLUDES A FLEA COMB AND A FINE-TOOTH COMB IN ITS HEAD AND SELLS FOR $12.
We will be looking at some of that in the camp here and going through them with a fine-tooth comb.
Mitnick insists the contents are fictional and his publishers are currently going through it with a fine-tooth comb to ensure this claim is true.
Mark Davies, Betfair's director of communications, said: "We have gone through the race with a fine-tooth comb and the fact is that pounds 419 was laid in total.
Federal officials and state legislators may be running the computerized equivalent of a fine-tooth comb through all sexually explicit material in cyberspace," Morales wrote.
They really go over the trucks with a fine-tooth comb.
And it has been proven that the only way to really treat the problem is by manually removing the lice from a child's hair with a fine-tooth comb, he says.
The buyer now has carte blanche to learn all he or she can about your business, which means talking to employees and going over your financial and sales records with a fine-tooth comb.
Therefore, it is critical that you go over these complaints and orders with a fine-tooth comb to find out whether or not the service reduction actually affects all of the tenants who have signed the complaint.
FundTonic utilizes sophisticated proprietary technology that asses potential start-ups with a fine-tooth comb and showcases the pertinent start-ups to the interested investors.
Police went over the house with a fine-tooth comb and came back on Sunday morning to search the river banks.
She turns up every Friday at 2pm and goes over the baby with a fine-tooth comb, examining his finger-nails, his hair, his skin and just looks back at me cool as a cucumber when my blood is obviously boiling.
THE fine-tooth comb is being run over all 812 acres of the Gosforth Park estate in preparation for the long-awaited, three-day John Smith's Northumberland Plate Festival, which gets under way on Thursday.