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dot the i's and cross the t's

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  • (RP) IPA: /ˈdɒt ði ˌaɪz ənd ˈkrɒs ðə ˌtiːz/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈdɑːt ði ˌaɪz ənd ˈkrɑːs ðə ˌtiːz/
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Verb

dot the i's and cross the t's

  1. (idiomatic) To take care of every detail, even minor ones; To be meticulous or thorough.
    Before taking the project to the CEO, let's make sure we dot the i's and cross the t's.
    • 1858, United States Congress, Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, D. Appleton, page 387; from a January 1820 debate
      Pray, sir, what is the object of referring a bill to a committee —merely to dot the i's and cross the t's?

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