Tooth-comb?

Spira

Banned
UK English
What is a tooth-comb?
I have a tooth-brush, and a comb for my hair, but not a tooth-comb.
Would the plural be teeth-combs? Can you buy them at the supermarket?
I've been puzzling about this for 45 years.

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  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Combs are often divided into "fine tooth combs" and "coarse tooth combs".

    Also, I would clean the hairs that "got caught in the teeth of my comb".

    (The always seemed more like fork tines, than animal teeth, but language is strange like that sometimes.)
     

    Spira

    Banned
    UK English
    I was in infant school (pre-school for our American cousins) and my teacher was always talking about a fine tooth-comb. I could never figure out for the life of me what she was going on about !!
     

    lablady

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    I was in infant school (pre-school for our American cousins) and my teacher was always talking about a fine tooth-comb. I could never figure out for the life of me what she was going on about !!
    I would hyphenate it this way: fine-tooth comb.

    She was talking about a comb where the teeth are very close together. Sometimes the teeth themselves are thinner than usual.

    Here is a picture with an example. The fine-tooth comb is the third from the left. Here is another style.
     
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