run a comb through

run a comb through (one's) hair

To tidy one's hair with a comb, especially in a hasty, imprecise manner. Let me just run a comb through my hair before we leave for our dinner reservation. I tried to run a comb through his hair before his school photos, but it was too much of a mess.
See also: comb, hair, run, through
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run a comb through something

to comb one's hair quickly. Run a comb through your hair after you come back in the house. She ran a comb through Timmy's hair, and tried to make him look presentable.
See also: comb, run, through
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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