Comb: (n) a strip of plastic, metal, or wood with a row of narrow teeth, used for untangling or arranging the hair.
There are actually brave storm troopers who might use a comb to free their hair of knots.
It is not recommended for the squeamish.
Actually, the purpose of a comb is to prove that one’s hair is not tangled. Whatever you have to use to separate your strands, at the end of
that process, to confirm to yourself and everyone else that your “do” is without dead ends, you run a comb through it.
For combs are unmerciful. They will find any hairs lying on top of each other that might be in the way and pull on them until tears come to your eyes.
This is the purpose of a comb.
A comb is also used if you don’t have much hair at all, and therefore little danger of interaction with your locks, just for good grooming.
That’s why we often say, “they combed the desert” or “they combed the woods” to find something or someone.
Matter of fact, it might be good for all of us, after we’ve brushed up on our ethics and kindness, to run a comb through our lives to make sure that we’re free of being entangled.