fine print

noun
1. the part of a contract that contains reservations and qualifications that are often printed in small type
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don't sign a contract without reading the fine print

Syn: ↑small print
Hypernyms: ↑reservation, ↑qualification
Part Holonyms: ↑contract
2. material printed in small type
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he needed his glasses in order to read the fine print

Syn: ↑small print
Hypernyms: ↑print

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noun
: a part of a contract (as an insurance policy) or a certificate of ownership (as of stock) printed in type of small size or in footnotes that contains qualifications, limitations, or exceptions which make a contractual agreement less favorable

be sure to read the fine print

— called also small print

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fine-print, adj.
/fuyn/
1. printed matter in small-sized type.
2. the detailed wording of a contract, lease, insurance policy, or the like, often set in type smaller than the main body of the document and including general restrictions or qualifications that could be considered disadvantageous: Make sure you read the fine print before signing. Also called small print.
[1955-60]

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fine print same as ↑small print (see under ↑small).
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Main Entry:fine

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fine print UK US noun [uncountable] mainly american
important details of an agreement that are usually printed in very small letters
Thesaurus: important thing or detailsynonym

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fine print,
the portion of a printed contract that states in small type, usually at the lower margin of the document, the various reservations or limiting conditions attached to the agreement.

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n. printed matter in small type
inconspicuous details or conditions printed in an agreement or contract, esp. ones that may prove unfavorable

read the fine print of whatever loan document is shoved under your nose

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noun [noncount]
: the part of an agreement or document that contains important details and that is sometimes written in small letters

Read the fine print before you sign the contract.

— see also fine 5d, 1

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the ˌfine ˈprint [fine print] (NAmE) (BrE the ˌsmall ˈprint) noun uncountable
the important details of an agreement or a legal document that are usually printed in small type and are therefore easy to miss
See also:small print

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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