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the devil is in the detail(s)

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.
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God is in the detail(s)

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.
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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!
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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 someone a particular task. A noun or pronoun can be used between "detail" and "on." Oh great, I've been detailed for latrine duty.
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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!
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the gory details

The specific (perhaps lurid, explicit, or gritty) details in an account of something. Stacy went to Kim's party, and she better give us the gory details.
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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 enough detail about how the three books relate to one another.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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in detail

With attention to particulars; thoroughly or meticulously: explained her proposal in detail.
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My hardships were not so great as you imagined, though such trifling details must never interfere with the investigation of a case.
From the unorganized material thus brought clearly to the author's consciousness Imagination next selects the details which can be turned to present use, and proceeds to combine them, uniting scattered traits and incidents, perhaps from widely different sources, into new characters, stories, scenes, and ideas.
Does he produce his impressions by full enumeration of details, or by emphasis on prominent or characteristic details?
It aims to express the inner truth or central principles of things, without anxiety for minor details, and it is by nature largely intellectual in quality, though not by any means to the exclusion of emotion.
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However, after the Telegram & Gazette asked for private detail payroll records the Police Department issued a press release last month in which the chief defended his reasons for letting the deputies do details.
Instead of showing her sitting on the ground in front of the cathedral, my first example (right) tells her story by stressing the incongruously abundant detail she has applied to her face, clothing and doll.
How do you publish construction details that appeal to critical practitioners, inexperienced students, a wide range of anoraks as well as designers who are simply above the tiring practicalities of when is a bridge cold?
With DETAIL and DB2 Information Integrator, a business can drive more value from existing information assets with real-time information integration, lowering the total cost of ownership and increasing return on investment," said Lauren Flaherty, vice president of marketing, IBM Data Management Solutions.
Like the Master Detail Library, the checklist is a great educational tool for a young architect still learning about practice, because it shows what is involved in putting a building together.
74 REDUCES the level of details provided at the auditing standard level.
DALLAS -- Topaz Labs announces the release of Topaz Detail 3, a major upgrade to the most comprehensive and flexible detail enhancement software available.
In this article, Ray Whittington, CPA, director of audit research at the American Institute of CPAs, New York, focuses on the use of analytical procedures in substantive testing, particularly when they're combined with tests of details for a particular assertion.
DALLAS -- Topaz Labs announces the release of the Topaz Detail 2 Photoshop plug-in, which features a user-requested speed boost, a totally redesigned user interface, and more detail enhancement tools and presets.
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