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    Dot the i's and cross the t's

    Is there any idiom 'dot the i's and cross the t's?

    I read this idiom in the newspaper.I just want to confirm so that i can use in my essay.

    The meaning is to be very careful to all the small part of a matter/programme.

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    Re: Dot the i's and cross the t's

    Yes. Usually it's phrased something like, "Make sure you dot all your i's and cross your t's." But there are different ways of saying it. Like you said, it means to pay attention to detail, to follow directions precisely.

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    Re: Dot the i's and cross the t's

    Make sure you cross eyes and drop your teas ! I may be wrong ! I must


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    Not to be confused with "mind your p's and q's," which for some reason means to be careful how you behave.

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    Re: Dot the i's and cross the t's

    I shall not cross q's either ! p's ? Do you refer to a previous thread ? Or else I have lost another k's.


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    Re: Dot the i's and cross the t's

    I meant: "the expression 'dot the i's and cross the t's' is not to be confused with 'mind your p's and q's,' which has a totally different meaning."

    If you would uncross your eyes and quit spilling tea all over yourself, you might be able to follow the thread :)

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    Re: Dot the i's and cross the t's

    Ok Mom I'll behave .Promise


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    Re: Dot the i's and cross the t's

    Thank you

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