the small print
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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!
small printand 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.
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]
the small printmainly BRITISH or
the fine printmainly AMERICAN
COMMON The small print in a contract, agreement, or advertisement is the part which contains the legal details. Many patients are being hit by huge bills because they did not read the small print on their insurance forms. I'm looking at the small print. I don't want to sign anything that I shouldn't sign. The president said he'll wait to read the fine print of the trade agreement before he comments on it.
small printinconspicuous details or conditions printed in an agreement or contract, especially ones that may prove unfavourable.
Such details are typically printed in small type.