put (someone or something) under the microscope

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put (someone or something) under the microscope

To begin closely inspecting someone or something; to hold someone or something up to intense scrutiny. After I got that official reprimand at work, it feels like my bosses are putting me under the microscope. The press has put the country's surveillance methods under the microscope since it emerged that it had been eavesdropping on its own citizen's communications.
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Organiser and huge fungi fan Bruce Langridge said: "We will be cooking with mushrooms, putting them under the microscope and having a host of fun and fungi-related family activities in the Great Glasshouse.
Tonight Pamela and Caroline are putting them under the microscope to see if there is any improvement.
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