under the microscope


under the microscope
Under close scrutiny or examination.

After his productivity flagged, his boss put him under the microscope to try to isolate and correct the problem.


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  • under the microscope — if someone or something is under the microscope, people are examining them very carefully The whole legal system should be put under the microscope …   English dictionary

  • put something under the microscope — put (something) under the microscope to examine or think about a situation very carefully. Because they re both public figures, their relationship has been put under the microscope …   New idioms dictionary

  • put under the microscope — put (something) under the microscope to examine or think about a situation very carefully. Because they re both public figures, their relationship has been put under the microscope …   New idioms dictionary

  • National Science Foundation: Under the Microscope — is the title of a 73 page report released by US Senator Tom Coburn on May 26, 2011.[1] The report received significant press coverage in mainstream press,[2][3] and generated significant controversy in academia, due to its accusations about… …   Wikipedia

  • come under the microscope — To be subjected to minute examination • • • Main Entry: ↑microscope …   Useful english dictionary

  • under a microscope — in a way that something can be examined carefully. The new law allows the president to hold every item of spending under a microscope. Etymology: from the literal meaning of microscope (= a device used for scientific study that makes very small… …   New idioms dictionary

  • under a/the microscope — in a state of being watched very closely Celebrities can find it difficult (to be) living under the microscope. The business has recently been put under the microscope by federal investigators. • • • Main Entry: ↑microscope …   Useful english dictionary

  • The Gene Illusion — [ The Gene Illusion: Genetic research in psychiatry and psychology under the microscope , Joseph, J (2003). PCCS Books. ISBN 1 898059 47 0] is a book by clinical psychologist Jay Joseph [ [http://www.shropsych.org/jayinterview.pdf An interview… …   Wikipedia

  • microscope — /muy kreuh skohp /, n. 1. an optical instrument having a magnifying lens or a combination of lenses for inspecting objects too small to be seen or too small to be seen distinctly and in detail by the unaided eye. 2. (cap.) Astron. the… …   Universalium


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