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Fine Print

Informal; all of the terms of a contract, rather than simply its main provisions. The fine print of a contract, as its name suggests, often appears in a smaller font, and can be cumbersome to read completely. For this reason, restrictions or terms disadvantageous to one party might be hidden in the fine print. This fact is the origin of the phrase, "Always read the fine print."
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There's always essential stuff in the small print. So surely any decent human being would just leave the very important stuff in big print, perhaps written in one of those cute glitter pens and with little hearts dotting the 'i's so we know we are to read it properly?
In summary, is the small print there to be read - or is it there to ensure that the makers have a get out?
James Daley, founder and managing director of Fairer Finance, which has launched a "spare us the small print" campaign, said: "As a first step, we want all banks and insurers to take the legalese and jargon out of their small print, and to lay out the documents in a way that's accessible and doesn't turn off customers before they've started.
He said the guide, and similar publications, appeared to invite free representation but on close inspection of the small print revealed they are, in fact, a contract.
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The small print of the Pre-Budget Report is coming under scrutiny as economists try to work out the full implications of Alistair Darling's strategy to bring down the country's Au178 billion annual deficit.
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While this is a lengthy, dense scholarly work with small print, it is clearly written and provides a wonderfully telescopic view of the lived impact of the Nazi era.

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