get granular
(get GRAN.yuh.lur) v. To move from a broad overview to a detailed examination.

Example Citation:
But Bush won't be detailed whenever he makes the announcement, said Dick Metzger, vice president of regulatory affairs for competitive carrier Focal Communications. "The administration understands the debate that's been going on, but broadband is just beginning to come onto their radar screen," he said. "The administration is not going to have the president get granular on broadband. But he will send out a signal."
—Glenn Bischoff, "The next lobbying lightning rod," Telephony, January 28, 2002

Earliest Citation:
Unangst, like most of his co-workers, talks in staccato Microspeak. To discuss details, for instance, is to "get granular" and something stupid is "pretty random."
—Mike Drummond, "Unorthodox corporate formula," Dayton Daily News, September 28, 1997

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The level of detail contained within private [Management Information Bases] is exemplified by a private MIB developed by The ASK Group Inc. for its OpenIngres database.

That MIB, which will be accessed using SQL rather than SNMP, includes 600 objects, said Howard Dernehl, product marketing manager at ASK, Alameda, Calif.

"The standard MIB would have 30 or 40 objects and with 30 or 40 you can't get very granular," Dernehl said. "You couldn't do much tuning or performance."
—Tom Smith, "Database vendors push management standards," Computer Reseller News, February 14, 1994

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