Comb out/comb

  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    Comb: to tidy your hair using a comb
    She combed her hair and put on some lipstick.

    I've been trying to comb out (= remove using a comb) the knots in her hair.

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/comb_3

    You only use "comb your hair" to mean you make the hair lay down fat, lie flat, but "comb out your hair" when untangling twisted knots, is it correct?
    No. To comb your hair is to use a comb on hair. You aren't necessarily intending to make it lie flat. You might be using it to make your hair stand up in spikes!

    The second sentence doesn't say "comb out the hair"; it's comb out the knots. That's combing through the hair in order to remove knots.
     
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