dot the i's and cross the t's

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To take care of every detail, even minor ones; To be meticulous or thorough.

Etymology:

  • In reference to cursive writing, where adding the dot to the letter i and the crossbar to the letter t is done after one reaches the end of the word and thus may be forgotten if one is not being careful.
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Before taking the project to the CEO, let's make sure we dot the i's and cross the t's.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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