comb through (something)

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comb through (something)

1. To carefully look through an area or an item in an attempt to find someone or something. We combed through the wreckage but still haven't found any survivors. I combed through my bag in search of my glasses, and they were on my head the whole time!
2. To search through or inspect something scrupulously. Our lawyers are combing through the contract, looking for anything we can use to our advantage. I've been combing through my filing cabinet, but I can't find the documents anywhere.
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comb through something

Fig. to look through something, examining it thoroughly. I combed through all my belongings, looking for the lost papers. The vet combed through the dog's coat, looking for tick bites.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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