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comb (something) for (someone or something)

To look through an area in an attempt to find someone or something in particular. We combed the wreckage for survivors but still haven't found any. I've been combing the house for my glasses—have you seen them?
See also: comb, for

comb (something) out of (something)

To remove something, such as debris or knots, from something by combing. My poor daughter cries every time I try to comb the tangles out of her hair.
See also: comb, of, out

comb out

To remove something, such as debris or knots, from something by combing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "comb" and "out." Honey, please stop screaming and let me finish combing the tangles out.
See also: comb, out

comb over

1. verb To search or inspect something or some place scrupulously. A noun or pronoun can be used between "comb" and "over." I combed over the entire beach, but I couldn't find my wedding ring anywhere. Our lawyers are combing the contract over, looking for anything we can use to our advantage.
2. verb To comb the longer hair on one side of one's head over to cover the top of one's head. A noun or pronoun can be used between "comb" and "over." I swore that if I ever started going bald, I would just shave my whole head rather than try combing my hair over.
3. noun A hairstyle in which longer hair on one side of one's head is combed across to cover the top of one's head, especially when a bald patch is present. Usually written with a hyphen. My grandpa always wore the silliest-looking comb-over, as if it would somehow disguise the fact that he was bald.
See also: comb, over

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.
See also: comb, through
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