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read the small print

To make oneself aware of the specific terms, conditions, restrictions, limitations, etc., of an agreement, contract, or other document (often printed in very small type and thus easy to go unnoticed). The terms of the loan look pretty good at face value, but be sure to read the small print, or you could find yourself in a heap of trouble down the line. I know reading the small print can be tedious, but it's always important to know what you're getting yourself into!
See also: print, read, small
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TEHRAN (FNA)- The warning echoes of reading the small print are resounding for potential policy holders, when they consider buying a life insurance cover.
But after reading the small print I can see that however much these energy firms pretend to offer deals that promise to save YOU money, it will always be them that makes it in the end because they will always find a way to claw it back.
Reading the small print on this so-called 'anonymous'' survey it said that the form could be returned by post but I wasn't told about this option.
LINDA Winder saved herself from paying excess cover twice by reading the small print on her car rental contract.
On reading the small print I was amazed that it was only for a token one hour on Saturday night.
For him, it's not just about reading the small print, it's about knowing the insurance industry inside-out and what is the basis for a solid claim.
One in ten have found themselves locked into a longer term contract than they expected by signing up without reading the small print and one in 20 have lost money by not being able to cancel or amend hotels or holidays," Skandia said.
WA R N Bill Bill Seddon, managing director of garden security firm Gardien, says people are learning very slowly about the importance of securing their items and reading the small print on their insurance policies.
Only 47% bother reading the small print of their holiday insurance.
Mrs O'Dea added that people could save EUR320 a year just by reading the small print and shopping around.
In fact, you're better off reading the small print in the ingredient list on the back.
Mistakes like not reading the small print or forgetting about the deposit can lead to disputes between landlords and tenants.
Our members have expressed that clearly, just as they have their opposition for a localisation of business rates which would undoubtedly lead to an increase, and we will be reading the small print very carefully.
He is not a man who enjoys reading the small print.
Alan Ainsworth on the importance of reading the small print