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    explanation about these words.

    cross the t's, dot the i's.

    I know the meaning about this sentence, but I just wanna know what does " t's " and " i's " mean?
    thanks

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    Re: explanation about these words.

    It is referring to the letters of the alphabet. When you write in cursive, you have to dot the letter i and cross the letter t after you have written the entire word. It is easy to forget these details if you are in a hurry, and that's what this idiom means: Pay attention to details.

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    Re: explanation about these words.

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    It is referring to the letters of the alphabet. When you write in cursive, you have to dot the letter i and cross the letter t after you have written the entire word. It is easy to forget these details if you are in a hurry, and that's what this idiom means: Pay attention to details.
    That's dope!!!
    As you're saying, dot the letter i, which means you should remember to put the dot ( . ) above the I, it should be i. And cross the letter t, which means to put the short line ( - ) across the L, it should be t, according to your explanation, because we're always easy to forget these details if we're in a hurry, so that's what this idion means, Pay attention to small details.
    right?
    thanks,mykwyner.

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