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jot something down

to make a note of something. This is important. Please jot this down. Jot down this note, please.
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jot down

To write down something briefly or hastily: The secretary jotted the message down. I jotted down the homework assignment.
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jot or tittle

The slightest change. In the King James version of Matthew 5:18 we read, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” A “jot” was an iota, a very small quantity (we still use the expression “not one iota of truth”); a tittle was a tiny accent mark. Accordingly, to have said “not one jot or tittle” was a very erudite way of refusing to make even the most minor alteration.
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The drawings, done directly on glass or on paper framed between glass, were reminiscent of associative sketches jotted down quickly in a cafe to capture a fleeting thought, a street scene, an architectural vista--but one we cannot exactly decipher.
While mulling over whether I would submit to an interview, I jotted down thoughts I had about Judaism's ancient history and how I believed that the intention of the Third Reich was to not only kill Jews, but to obliterate the history of the Jews.
The trouble is remembering what I've jotted down in a hurry.
You can find me every morning between 7:30 and 10 at the Glendale train station,'' he said as I dutifully jotted down his words.
One of the affidavits was the translation into English of Meucci's Memorandum Book where he had jotted down his notes on his various experiments on the telephone, as far back as 1862.
asked Chiou, who jotted down the woman's medical history.
Tracing a license plate number jotted down by a student, authorities said Wednesday that they have arrested and charged a 24-year-old Lancaster man suspected of exposing himself to girls near local schools.
crash jotted down the license plate number of the Chevrolet pickup truck, which continued traveling south.
Quintero jotted down the license, changed the man's oil and then turned the case over to police.