a fine-tooth comb

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a fine-tooth comb

A phrase used to describe a way of doing something that is very careful and thorough. We need to go through these files with a fine-tooth comb to find that missing paperwork. Make sure to go through your thesis with a fine-tooth comb before you hand it in—you don't want your advisors wading through proofreading errors, do you?
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fine-tooth comb

A method of searching or investigating in minute detail, as in He examined the figures with a fine-tooth comb but found no errors. The practice of using a comb with close-set teeth to comb out head lice was transferred to various kinds of investigation in the late 1800s.
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We've got tips from Bangor, Leicester, Thirsk and Windsor - and Newsboy has gone through them with a fine tooth comb to pick out the winners.
"But it's very detailed and you would need to go through it with a fine tooth comb."
Armed with a fine tooth comb and its commendable intentions, the world's largest democracy must put its experience of national elections to good use and ensure the Indian diaspora enjoys a smooth e-voting experience in the future.
Experts are warning people that they may want to consider reining back on their spending several months before applying for a mortgage, as providers will want to sift through around three months of bank statements "with a fine tooth comb".
Take the top section of hair that is remaining and using a fine tooth comb backcomb to create volume and height.
The young people went through the strategy with a fine tooth comb and made a number of suggestions to the NHS on how to improve things.
He added: "We will look through those regulations very carefully, trawl through them with a fine tooth comb and see if there are ways of, what shall I say, interpreting them in a way that will be of greater benefit to our residents."
Her barrister, Alex Greenwood, told the court Mr Way had since been through the family bank accounts with a fine tooth comb and was adamant his wife had not received all the thousands of pounds she was being accused of taking from the Department and Pensions.
In each case we were able to immediately secure the key data and work through it with a fine tooth comb. We aim to secure company data from a site within 48 hours; copying entire computer systems, back-ups and email archives, recreating servers and so on.
"She brought in two very senior Sun journalists to go through every line on every page with a fine tooth comb to ensure there were no libels or any hidden mocking messages of the chief executive," a source told the British paper.
When it was finished we went over it with a fine tooth comb to make sure they hadn't hidden any United stuff in it."
Nickel said from now on, any property to be purchased by the city must be gone over beforehand "with a fine tooth comb."
What's amazing is that the search teams scoured the ground with a fine tooth comb when it happened.
Last week Yeung employed a team of crack lawyers to start going through Blues' accounts with a fine tooth comb, dating back to 2007 when he first bought into the club.