comb ( 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
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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