fine toothed comb

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - fine toothed comb

"fine toothed comb"

an imaginary device used to closely examine or thoroughly search something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - fine toothed comb

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  This budget is extremely critical to the functioning of the business for the next year. Are you absolutely sure that it is correct and accurate?

Colleague 2:  I have gone over it with a fine toothed comb and it is complete and accurate.

Colleague 1:  How long did you spend thoroughly checking it over?

Colleague 2:  All told, fourteen hours. I examined each and every line item and the data it referenced.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - fine toothed comb

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I am just about to buy a used car. Any advice?

Friend 2:  Go through the car with a fine-toothed comb. Check everything. Check the engine, the drive train, the belts and pulleys, the tires, the interior, the stereo system, the trunk and any power accessories. Also, go on the internet and research the history of the car using the Vehicle Identification Number. You may be surprised what information will turn up on close inspection.

Friend 1:  Do you really think such detailed scrutiny is necessary?

Friend 2:  If you don't want to discover problems later that you could have avoided now, yes.

fine toothed comb - Usage:


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fine toothed comb - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for fine toothed comb.

fine toothed comb - Examples:

1)  ... spend countless hours at home preparing a DJ set, going over everything with a fine-toothed comb so to speak.

2)  The forensic teams went over every crime scene with a fine-toothed comb several times, leaving no stone or even a blade of grass unturned.

3)  ... given that she would have studied every word and gone through every detail with a fine-toothed comb, particularly everything in relation to ...

4)  I'll sit back now after a race and I'll analyze it with a fine-toothed comb. I can pick a stroke here and there that may have affected the ...

5)  ... is busy going through the test or quiz with a fine-toothed comb, ensuring the grade given is the correct grade, ...

6)  Go through your budget with a fine toothed comb. Are there any costs that you can easily cut out? 

7)  And I'd have to look at the transcript with a fine toothed comb just to be sure exactly whether the anger was flowing specifically towards ...

8)  I didn't go over the bill with a fine toothed comb either, these things were easily picked out and were evident, ...

9)  ... be monitoring the repair carefully as well as examining the tablet with a fine toothed comb on its return.

10)  Lancaster and his squad have been over the negatives with a fine toothed comb in their analysis sessions, and the overall verdict is a positive one, ...

11)  ... after going through everything with a fine toothed comb, they had found nothing to support any suggestion of impropriety or ...

12)  We have gone through the code with a fine toothed comb and ensured we are not wasting memory, ...

13)  ... he did a quick balancing and then went through odd receipts with a fine toothed comb, especially targetting those where VAT should not applied or reclaimed.

14)  They went through the app with a fine toothed comb pointing out all the problems with the way that they were loading resources, executing ...

15)  Go through your notes and each moment with a fine toothed comb. Analyse it until you've captured the objective 'truth' of what happened.

16)  ... every new piece of evidence forwarded will be gone over with a fine toothed comb, by the review team at Scotland Yard.

17)  I will be going through his posts with a fine toothed comb and see what I can come up with.

18)  ... and we then felt the need to go through our bill with a fine toothed comb and there were (surprise, surprise) errors on it.

19)  ... sales ladies who were going over each of the wedding dresses with a fine toothed comb and picking out minute faults and rejecting the pre-worn dresses.

20)  Break down your service with a fine toothed comb, detail step by step, intricate details of the 'how' to use ...