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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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Figures 2-5 show details of four fine-tuned network architectures.
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"In essence," Glynn writes, the principle "came down to the observation that all the myriad laws of physics were fine-tuned from the very beginning of the universe for the creation of man - that the universe we inhabit appeared to be expressly designed for the emergence of human beings."
It does not pertain to the fine-tuning of limited things in our universe, such as our earth, which could also be fine-tuned. It is the fine-tuning of our universe as a whole which points most strongly to the existence of a Creator God.