fine-tooth comb

fine-tooth comb

  1. A comb with fine, closely-spaced teeth.
  2. (figuratively) A means of making a thorough search.
    The police went through his possessions with a fine-tooth comb.
  1. To go over or through with a fine-tooth comb
  2. (figuratively) To search meticulously.
    Synonyms: comb over, comb through, pore over

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