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detail (one) to (someone or something)

To assign one to someone or something. This phrase is typically used in a military setting. Oh, great, my superior detailed me to latrine duty.
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detail for (something)

To assign a particular task. A noun or pronoun can be used between "detail" and "for." Oh, great, my superior detailed me for latrine duty.
See also: detail, for

down to the last detail

In consideration of every detail. I have planned this itinerary down to the last detail, so we are not deviating from it, even for a minute!
See also: detail, down, last, to

fill in the details

To give information about a particular topic, sometimes by actually writing it in the blank space on a form. Please fill in the details about your medical history on this form. Who are you dating? Come on, fill in the details for me!
See also: detail, fill

go into detail(s)

To present, explain, or discuss every aspect of something. I don't want to go into details, but there were a few legal issues that prevented us from participating. I don’t think your essay goes into detail enough about how the three books relate to one another.
See also: go

God is in the detail(s)

proverb Any action or plan one undertakes should be done carefully and pragmatically; attention to small details will ultimately yield the greatest results. Remember that God is in the detail, so make sure everything is in order before you begin.
See also: god

have an eye for (something)

To be particularly perceptive or discriminating in a certain discipline or activity, especially an aesthetic one. I just don't have an eye for design, so I need you to help me pick out paint colors.
See also: an, eye, for, have

in detail

With a large amount of details; very explicitly or thoroughly. I explained in detail how the proposed system would work, but I think I may have confused some people in the audience.
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into detail(s)

With a large amount of details; very explicitly or thoroughly. Modifiers can be used between "into" and "detail." Used primarily after the verb "go." If you go into too much detail about how proposed system would work, you'll end up confusing your audience. I don't want to go into details, but there were a few legal issues that prevented us from participating. You want to put your experience into enough detail that the reader understands what it was like.

iron out the details

cliché To fix, resolve, or finalize any outstanding details (of something, such as an agreement or arrangement). We've drawn up a preliminary contract—we just need to iron out the details before we're ready for you to sign. It is expected to take the better part of a year for the two nations to iron out the details of this historic trade agreement.
See also: detail, iron, out

it escapes (one)

One can't quite remember something at the moment. I'm trying to remember why I came in here, but it escapes me.
See also: escape

juicy detail

A racy, titillating, or provocatively interesting detail. Come on, tell me about your date with Ben last night. I want to hear all the juicy details! I didn't find out much, but I did hear one juicy detail—apparently, Keith was caught with the boss's secretary in the supply closet.
See also: detail, juicy

the devil is in the detail(s)

proverb Plans, actions, or situations that seem sound must be carefully examined, because minor details can end up causing major, unforeseen problems. Double check your code—with software, the devil is in the details.
See also: devil

the devil lies in the detail(s)

proverb Plans, actions, or situations that seem sound must be carefully examined, because minor details can end up causing major, unforeseen problems. Double check your code—with software, the devil lies in the details. Make sure you read through that contract carefully before you sign anything. The devil always lies in the detail, after all.
See also: devil, lie

the gory details

The specific (perhaps lurid, explicit, or gritty) details in an account of something. Stacy went to Kim's party, so she had better give us the gory details. The report goes into the gory details of the government's agenda.
See also: detail, gory
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

detail someone for something

to choose someone to do a particular task. (Originally military.) Sam detailed Private Bailey for guard duty. Donna was detailed for some extra work.
See also: detail, for

detail someone to someone or something

to assign someone to someone or a group. (Military.) I will detail Private Bailey to that job. The general detailed a lieutenant to the platoon that was going to the front.
See also: detail, to

down to the last detail

considering all of the details. Jean planned the party very carefully, down to the last minute. Mary wanted to be in charge of everything right down to the last detail.
See also: detail, down, last, to

go into detail(s)

to give all the details; to present and discuss the details. The clerk went into detail about the product with the customer. I just want a simple answer. Don't go into details.
See also: detail, go

in detail

with lots of details; giving all the details. (Often used with an adjective showing the level of detail, such as great, enormous, etc., as in the second example.) I explained the policy to the customer in detail. We planned the entire project in great detail.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in detail

With close attention to particulars; thoroughly. For example, She explained her theory in detail. It is also put as go into detail, meaning "to investigate thoroughly," as in You know what I mean, so I needn't go into detail. The first expression dates from about 1600, the second from the late 1800s.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

the devil's in the detail

the details of a matter are its most tricky or problematic aspect.
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the gory details

the explicit details of something.
1988 David Carpenter God's Bedfellows She starts telling me some of the gory details…it was cancer…and everybody knew he was dying.
See also: detail, gory
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

go into ˈdetail(s)

explain something fully: I can’t go into details now; it would take too long.
See also: detail, go

the ˌdevil is in the ˈdetail(s)

used to say that it is the small individual parts of a task, a written document, a design, etc. that may cause most problems and difficulties: In any negotiation, the devil is in the detail.
See also: detail, devil
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

in detail

With attention to particulars; thoroughly or meticulously: explained her proposal in detail.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

gory details, the

Unpleasant particulars. The word gore, from Old English and German words meaning blood that had been shed and clotted, came to denote, by extension, murder, bloodshed, and other kinds of violence. It was so used by Dickens in Barnaby Rudge (1841), “Something will come of this. I hope it mayn’t be human gore.” Literally, therefore, gory details means “bloody details,” but despite violence being by no means obsolete, the term has been transferred to mean the unpleasant particulars of just about anything, ranging from a business transaction to a divorce. It is also used ironically for any details, whether pleasant or not.
See also: gory
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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