To examine something with great attention, to search something thoroughly

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  • A fine-tooth comb is one in which teeth are very closely spaced. It helps finding tiny lice out of hair easily. Similarly, if you are searching or looking an area or thing with fine-tooth comb, you are examining it with great care, and you will not leave anything does not matter how tiny it is.
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Police went over the house with a fine toothcomb, but was unable to collect any evidence.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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