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  ( combs    plural & 3rd person present)   ( combing    present participle)   ( combed    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A comb is a flat piece of plastic or metal with narrow pointed teeth along one side, which you use to tidy your hair.  
2       verb   When you comb your hair, you tidy it using a comb.  
Salvatore combed his hair carefully...      V n  
Her reddish hair was cut short and neatly combed.      V-ed  
3       verb   If you comb a place, you search everywhere in it in order to find someone or something.  
Officers combed the woods for the murder weapon...      V n for n  
They fanned out and carefully combed the temple grounds.      V n  
4       verb   If you combthrough information, you look at it very carefully in order to find something.  
Eight policemen then spent two years combing through the evidence.      V through n  
    fine-tooth comb  

fine-tooth comb      , fine tooth comb  
If you say that you will go over something with a fine-tooth comb or go through something with a fine-tooth comb, you are emphasizing that you will search it thoroughly or examine it very carefully.  
go over sth with a fine-tooth comb/go through sth with a fine-tooth comb      phrase   V inflects     (emphasis)   
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    arrange, curry, dress, groom, untangle  
2      (of flax, wool, etc.)   card, hackle, hatchel, heckle, tease, teasel, teazle  
3      (figurative)   forage, go through with a fine-tooth comb, hunt, rake, ransack, rummage, scour, screen, search, sift, sweep  

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