fine-tooth comb


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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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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.
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.
We will make a greater effort in the future to go through their reports with a fine-tooth comb, expose the inconsistencies and their problematic use of questionable data," one senior official said.
In other words, take one fine-tooth comb and separate.
Nits are removed by treating the hair with a fine-tooth comb or by pulling them out one by one.
Using a fine-tooth comb to remove nits is an essential step in effectively treating lice, according to the CDC, but many parents say they don't have the experience or the time to comb through their kids' hair.
The best way to check for lice is to use a fine-tooth comb ('nit comb') which is available from your pharmacy.
Chief Supt Jim McGinty said: "They will be going through everything with a fine-tooth comb and it will be an opportunity for us to demonstrate that we deliver a quality police service for the people of Coventry.
That's why you have to really go through your contract with a fine-tooth comb.
But to make absolutely sure he'll go to the vet in the morning and my man will go over him with a fine-tooth comb.
Sources close to the talks say the Government has gone through the deal with a fine-tooth comb.
Given the task of examining customer operations with a fine-tooth comb, they "created a marriage of two different cultures," explains Jackson, which wasn't easy.