read the small print

read the small print

To make oneself aware of 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 small print, or you could find yourself in a heap of trouble down the line. I know reading the small print can be tedious, but it's always important to know what you're getting yourself into!
See also: print, read, small
References in classic literature ?
Ye can, with your young eyes, read the small print of the lies from here.
You'd have thought by now he'd know to read the small print in any Osborne contract.
He'd signed, so the law assumes he'd read the small print first.
As with all aspects of financial planning, and at a time when oil prices have gone through the floor, it's never too late for the regional states to read the small print, seek appropriate advice, and do some soul searching before signing up for yet another foray into Middle East turmoil.
If you read the small print, that sum could take until 2064 to collect.
Weight-conscious shoppers are being urged to read the small print on foodstuffs (GDN, May 30).
When I got home, I read the small print and saw that it contained organic dried cane syrup.
As another pub, the Lothian in Toxteth closes forever, I can't help thinking that Mr Shennan and Geoff Edwards from CAMRA didn't read the small print back in 2007, nor were they customers of that particular pub.
Read the small print on all those asbestos commericals.
They must read the small print well before signing up, according to a report.
But before you hand over your credit card, make sure you read the small print carefully.
Several brands have also extended their range from their original country, so unless you read the small print you'd never know," he said.
Let's hope they read the small print in the contract and won't have a nasty shock when they get on the show.
Had she read the small print closely, she would have learned early on that cancelling the first order was a futile exercise.