minute detail

 The two words not only are tautological, but also have a kind of deadening effect on any passage in which they appear, as here: "Samples of the shards were brought back to the college, where they were studied in minute detail." Why not just say "Samples of the shards were brought back to the college for study"? One can normally assume that any objects being subjected to study will be examined closely.

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

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  • minute detail —    The two words are not only tautological, but also have a kind of deadening effect on any passage in which they appear, as here: Samples of the shards were brought back to the college, where they were studied in minute detail (USA Today). Why… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • detail — I n. small part minute treatment 1) to bring up, cite details 2) to go into detail; to fill in, furnish (the) details 3) essential, important; (a) graphic, gruesome, harrowing, lurid, revolting, sordid, unsavory; meticulous, microscopic, minute;… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • minute — 1 / mInit/ noun (C) 1 TIME one of the 60 parts into which an hour is divided: It takes me ten minutes to walk to work. | The train arrived at four minutes past eight. 2 at the last minute at the last possible time, just before it is too late:… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • minute — min|ute1 [ mınıt ] noun *** 1. ) count a period of 60 seconds. There are 60 minutes in one hour: I ll meet you downstairs in ten minutes. We waited until twenty minutes to ten, then left. Thompson scored again in the final minutes of the game. a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • minute — I UK [ˈmɪnɪt] / US noun Word forms minute : singular minute plural minutes *** 1) [countable] a period of 60 seconds. There are 60 minutes in one hour I ll meet you downstairs in ten minutes. We waited until twenty minutes to ten, then left.… …   English dictionary

  • minute — min|ute1 W1S1 [ˈmınıt] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(time)¦ 2 the last minute 3 by the minute 4 love/enjoy/hate etc every minute (of something) 5 within minutes 6 a minute 7 in a minute 8 wait a minute/just a minute/hold on a minute/hang on a minute …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • minute — I noun 1) it ll only take a minute Syn: moment, short time, little while, second, instant; informal sec, jiff, jiffy, flash 2) at that minute, Tony walked in Syn: point, point in time, moment …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • minute — I noun 1) it ll only take a minute Syn: moment, short time, little while, second, instant; informal sec, jiffy; Brit.; informal tick, mo, two ticks 2) at that minute, Tony walked in Syn …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • Detail — De tail (d[=e] t[=a]l or d[ e]*t[=a]l ; 277), n. [F. d[ e]tail, fr. d[ e]tailler to cut in pieces, tell in detail; pref. d[ e] (L. de or dis ) + tailler to cut. See {Tailor}.] 1. A minute portion; one of the small parts; a particular; an item;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Detail drawing — Detail De tail (d[=e] t[=a]l or d[ e]*t[=a]l ; 277), n. [F. d[ e]tail, fr. d[ e]tailler to cut in pieces, tell in detail; pref. d[ e] (L. de or dis ) + tailler to cut. See {Tailor}.] 1. A minute portion; one of the small parts; a particular; an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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