Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(the) small print

small printthe small print
1) the specific terms or conditions of something
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    • read the small print in the contract
  • Analysis
    In a contract, certain terms and conditions are written in very small type and are often easy to miss. Sometimes, these terms and conditions are designed to catch you out and may lead to unforeseen circumstances, so when someone tells you that you should read the small print before signing a contract, they are warning you to anticipate every negative outcome. You will hear this in both social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Your landlord shouldn't be able to kick you out without providing good reason or suitable notice. You should read the small print in your contract and see what you're entitled to.
    2. I discovered that I wasn't insured for income protection when I read the small print in my insurance contract.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. You should have read the small print before signing the contract. It clearly states that you cannot attempt to renegotiate the deal at a later date.
    2. The mobile network provider was accused of trying to deceive customers by putting unfavourable conditions in the small print in the hope that they would not be noticed.
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