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fine-tune

1. Literally, to make small and/or careful adjustments to a device, instrument, or machine. If you fine-tune your amp a little bit more, I think you'd get that tone you're looking for.
2. By extension, to make small and/or careful adjustments to an idea, plan, or strategy. I think if we fine-tuned our methodology, we'd have better success with this experiment.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fine-tune something

 
1. Lit. to make delicate adjustments in some mechanical or electronic device. It took a while to fine-tune the flute, but it was worth it.
2. Fig. to make small alterations in a plan or procedure. We need to spend some time fine-tuning the scheme, then we will seek approval.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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FINE Tuned, the free festival celebrating independent designer-makers, classic styles and vintage finds, returns to take over Albert Dock this year, from July 14 to 15.
There'll be plenty to enjoy for fashion lovers at Fine Tuned, including hair and beauty makeovers and vintage shopping among other stalls and activities such as: | Vintage treasures - Curated by Dotty's Vintage, the vintage market unites 25+ traders from the length of the country to show off their incredible collections of timeless and classic clothes, homewares, jewellery, watches and curios; | Stand out from the crowd - Budding style icons and fashionistas should dress to impress, with the Fine Tuned fashion spotters on the hunt for Albert Dock's foremost examples of glitz and glamour.
| For details about the full Fine Tuned programme, visit the website - www.albertdock.com
For details about the full Fine Tuned programme visit the websitewww.albertdock.com.
Fine Tuned at Albert Dock Picture: Finnbarr Webster
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