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!
See also: print, small

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.
See also: print, small

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]
See also: print, small

the small print

mainly BRITISH or

the fine print

mainly 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.
See also: print, small

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.
See also: print, small

the ˈsmall print

(British English) (American English the ˈfine print) the parts of a written agreement or legal contract that are printed in very small letters, but which may contain important information: Make sure you read the small print before signing the contract.
See also: print, small
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A study by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) showed that a majority of people find it difficult to read the small print in TV ads, which can contain important qualifying terms and conditions to an offer.
The banker is ever one up on the bureaucrat, since his shenanigans are always cushioned by the small print and he is not answerable to his clients.
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Well, we're reading the small print now and will be for decades to come.
There's always essential stuff in the small print. So surely any decent human being would just leave the very important stuff in big print, perhaps written in one of those cute glitter pens and with little hearts dotting the 'i's so we know we are to read it properly?
People taking out payday loans tend to think they have suffered about double the average financial loss of the population generally by not getting to grips with the small print on products, according to the findings from the Money Advice Service.
Weight-conscious shoppers are being urged to read the small print on foodstuffs (GDN, May 30).
'Be very careful with contracts from the 7th until July 1, check the small print'
The research also looked at the length of the small print surrounding some bank accounts.
Printing Services consist of three components Component 1 Total service- The small print (business cards, invitations, postcards, forms),- Publications (brochures, annual reports, adhesive bonded, books),- Output (mono, color and large format prints).
He said the guide, and similar publications, appeared to invite free representation but on close inspection of the small print revealed they are, in fact, a contract.
A LAWYER nicknamed Mr Loophole was yesterday pounds 5,000 out of pocket after failing to read the small print on a pet insurance policy.
Summary: The small print of the Pre-Budget Report is coming under scrutiny by economists.
1 : to look or peer with the eyes partly closed <She squinted to read the small print.>