Definitions

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  • n. An anatomical structure found in certain primates consisting of long, flat teeth with microscopic grooves, and used for grooming the fur.

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Examples

  • "I hadn't seen the papers for it and until my advisers and I had gone through the papers with a toothcomb there was no way that was going to be paid."

    Rangers' cash mess will not make club go bust, says owner Craig Whyte

  • When an action is received it is carefully disassembled and gone over with a very fine toothcomb.

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  • Working his chainsaw with extraordinary deftness, he executes a series of toothcomb incisions that may exceed a hundred into a column of green wood.

    Wildwood

  • She also lacked two key elements of modern lemurs: a grooming claw and a row of lower teeth known as the toothcomb.

    THE LINK IS STILL MISSING

  • X-rays reveal both baby and adult teeth, plus the lack of a “toothcomb” or a “grooming claw,” which is an attribute of lemurs which are also primates, like us.

    47 Million Year Old Primate Fossil Discovered | Impact Lab

  • The bodies in question are going through a whole range of issues with a fine toothcomb: how Obasanjo managed his billions of oil money in the days when he was president and oil minister, how additional billions were frittered away on improving the power sector without anyone having anything to show for it and how companies were sold off to cronies on the cheap.

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  • In the first attempt for many years to chart the long-term trend in tropical forest area, he spent more than three years going through all available United Nations data with a fine toothcomb – and found some serious problems.

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  • Inevitably, it now falls to take a fine toothcomb to the European Council's mandate.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • Inevitably, it now falls to Drs Richard North and Helen Szamuely and their associates to take a fine toothcomb to the detail of European Council's mandate decided yesterday.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • After the elections, the Congress, which is experienced in skulduggery, used the period of peace talks to go over Nallamalla forests their hideout with a toothcomb.

    Archive 2006-08-01

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  • This word isn't in many dictionaries, but it is used by primatologists to mean the row of specialised teeth that pottos and other prosimians use to groom themselves (and each other).

    July 11, 2007