1. the specific terms or conditions of something
read the small print in the contract
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.