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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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