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the small print

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. If I had my way, I would make small print illegal—it's so deceitful!
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small print

 and fine print
an important part of a document that is not easily noticed because of the smallness of the printing. You should have read the small print before signing the contract. You should always read the fine print of an insurance policy.
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small print

Also, fine print. The details in a contract or other document, often indicating restrictions or other disadvantages. For example, Be sure you read the small print before you sign your name to it, or They had the warranty terms in fine print, so you'd overlook the fact that it was only good for a month . This idiom alludes to the fact that such material is often printed in smaller type than the rest of the document. [Mid-1900s]
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small print

inconspicuous details or conditions printed in an agreement or contract, especially ones that may prove unfavourable.
Such details are typically printed in small type.
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ScottishPower also pointed out that the small print at the bottom of the ad explained the basis of the savings claim.
It added that in some cases claims made in adverts could lead to people having unrealistic expectations of investments, while in other instances important information was buried in the small print, which many consumers do not read.
A surprisingly large proportion of the general population, particularly older people, also struggle because they can't easily read small print.
An OFT spokeswoman said: "It's all about the small print and to be fair, Ryanair has agreed to the changes.
The FSB advises small businesses to make sure they always read the small print before they sign anything.
The small print is often the last thing a company looks at when drawing up a supply contract, but it is one of the ways of maintaining contract profitability.
The get out clause was hidden in the "non-disclosure'" small print of the policy.
And of those who take out travel insurance more than two in five do not bother to check their policy's small print, the NOP survey for American Express revealed.
BESPECTACLED Derek Gorton spotted a special offer on glasses - but he couldn't read the small print.
DEALERS are offering the BMW 1 Series at pounds 229 per month, which looks mouth-watering - until you read the small print.
NEW laws are to be introduced to crack down on companies that hide expensive stings in the small print of credit deals.
E-commerce lawyer Mr Andrew Woolley has urged small businesses to be mindful of what constitutes a contract and the importance of small print when dealing via the Internet.
But when I read the small print, I found that the lender can insist that I stay with them for six years, or they will charge me a large penalty.
AUTOBYTEL might not offer the biggest discounts but it has the best, no-nonsense small print.
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