under the microscope


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under the microscope

Under close inspection or intense scrutiny. After I got that official reprimand at work, it feels like I'm being put under the microscope by my boss. The country's surveillance methods have been under the microscope lately, after news sources learned that it had been eavesdropping on its own citizens' communications.
See also: microscope

under the microscope

under critical examination.
See also: microscope