fine-toothed fine-toothed

Definition(s):

  • (adj) having fine teeth set close together

Usage(s):

  1. Rosen and Marceau discovered that each of the X-rayed wood panels had been scratched over as if by a fine-toothed saw, producing a texture like that of woven fabric.
  2. The Pentagon is screening a handful of new candidates for the post, examining their backgrounds with a fine-toothed comb for any sexual improprieties.

News

  • Engineer inspects South Perry bridge

    A fine-toothed comb was not used, but inspectors were thoroughly going over Titusville's Perry Street Bridge on Thursday afternoon. Titusville City Councilman Keith Bromley, on Tuesday, said there have been discussions at the county government level about permanently closing the bridge.
    on September 21, 2013     Source: The Titusville Herald

Quotes

  1. "We've been going through this with a fine-toothed comb," Chiarelli said. "There's differences in their game, there's subtle differences in their personality. But they're really close."
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: Peter Chiarelli Source: The Associated Press

  2. McGuinty said a team of experts was "pouring over the proposals...... with a fine-toothed comb," and would make recommendations on a plan once that process was finished.
    on Dec 9, 2008 By: Dalton McGuinty Source: Reuters Canada

  3. "Connecticut will fight this reckless decision every step of the way," Governor Rell said. "Today I am directing the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to go over this EIS with a fine-toothed comb, identifying every flaw and...
    on Jan 11, 2008 By: Jodi Rell Source: Stamford Plus Magazine

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