connect the dots


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connect the dots

to understand the relationship between different ideas or experiences It took years of hard work to connect the dots between the murder and the suspect.
Etymology: from a children's activity in which a picture can be seen when you draw lines to connect numbered dots (small, round marks)
See also: connect, dot

connect the dots

1. To draw connecting lines between a seemingly random arrangement of numbered dots so as to produce a picture or design.
2. To draw logical inferences connecting items of information to reveal something previously hidden or unknown.
See also: connect, dot
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Most of all, we need you out in your community on the 5th, but the action isn't all offline - we also need a crew of online activists who can spread the word and Connect the Dots using social media, " states Climatedots.
Asserting that many Americans don't know who their elected officials are, Moseley Braun challenged attendees to connect the dots for people and make government real for them.
W]e act like a bunch of Boss Daley holdovers in protecting our incumbents, who know how to tap the big money for elections and scramble the information so that no one can connect the dots.
As a life-long dilettante interested in how we connect the dots (which runs the gambit from how we exercise power to why we like pets), I have been convinced for some time now that we are entering a new world: a world where most of the rules have been changed and technology is running ahead of our ability to cope.
These lamps by Nu Design connect the dots to create a fresh rounded shape.
If you want to connect the dots, you need samples of galaxies that span very broad ranges" of cosmic time, he says.
It's easy to miss critical alerts, and hard to connect the dots across every stage of the cyber kill chain.
Why take political-science courses and government courses if you can't connect the dots with your own political engagement?
Its new intelligence arm, which is to form the core of a transformed FBI, is losing dozens of analysts who are supposed to connect the dots to protect the country from another terrorist attack.
Fiskin's first show with this gallery showcased 50 Ways alongside an assortment of photographs from the two-decade-old "Some Aesthetic Decisions" series (showing everything from suburban mantlepieces to bonsai trees at another competition shrinking beside their oversize prize ribbons); their juxtaposition provided a perfect opportunity to connect the dots between the old and the new.
Connect the dots from 1 to 20 to see what grows on the farm in the springtime.
Connect the Dots is a different kind of networking for business owners.
Most of us choose not to connect the dots leading from this economic tension to the racial conflicts in our troubled high schools and neighborhoods.
The shortage of Arabic speakers in the FBI and the CIA was one of the most conspicuous failures leading to the government's inability to connect the dots before the catastrophes at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Considered alongside his straighter output, this show should provide a welcome opportunity to connect the dots.