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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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Because small print, and the thinking behind it, encapsulates so many things that are wrong with our world.
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This outlawed using the small print of any document to hide the true cost of a service.
Mr Freeman said: "I didn't read the small print but I should have done.
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48 pages of facts hold relatively small print and plenty of information suitable for reports.
Combining text which is barely readable with misuse of gravity, the headline is unintentionally buried better than the small print in a legal contract!
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Rather, they complement each other, religion giving the overview and science the small print.
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Hannon's four new seascapes are part of the company's Small Print Line.
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