from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The portion of a document, especially a contract, that contains qualifications or restrictions in small type or obscure language.
- n. Something presented in a deliberately ambiguous or obscure manner.
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- n. The details, restrictions, terms, or conditions, especially of a contract, often printed in very small type.
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- n. the part of a contract that contains reservations and qualifications that are often printed in small type
- n. material printed in small type
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Aside from giving no proof that he knows the spoken or written language of that market place, Geertz affixes twenty-eight pages of double-columned footnotes in extremely fine print as bibliographical and critical support for his description of a Moroccan souk.
The order form, in all probability, was the usual document executed in triplicate with ifs, ands, buts and whereases, clauses, counterclauses and fine print — a piece of paper — and at the same time an instrument of execution — the beginning of the end for the Third Reich.
It was the report of a legal case, an onionskin page of fine print in two columns.
However, in place of the usual union contract with thousands of pages of fine print defining narrow job categories and other job-control issues, the NUMMI contract provided for only two categories of workers—assemblers and technicians.