sign on the dotted line

sign on the dotted line

 
1. Lit. to indicate one's agreement or assent by placing one's signature on a special line provided for that purpose. (The line may be solid or dotted.) I agreed to the contract, but I haven't signed on the dotted line yet. When you have signed on the dotted line, please give me a call.
2. Fig. to indicate one's agreement to something. Okay. I agree to your terms. I'll sign on the dotted line. He is thinking favorably about going with us to Canada, but he hasn't signed on the bottom line.
See also: dot, line, on, sign

sign on the dotted line

Agree formally or fully, as in The deal is just about fixed; all they have to do is sign on the dotted line. This idiom refers to the broken line traditionally appearing at the bottom of a legal document, indicating the place for one's signature. [Early 1900s]
See also: dot, line, on, sign

sign on the dotted line

COMMON If you sign on the dotted line, you formally agree to something by signing an official document. Once you sign on the dotted line you are committed to that property. Note: You can also say that someone signs on the line. He signed on the line and can only blame himself. Note: You can also talk about someone's name on the dotted line or signature on the dotted line. He went to see Malcolm's widow, Betty, too; he needed her name on the dotted line.
See also: dot, line, on, sign

sign on the dotted line

agree formally.
1921 P. G. Wodehouse Indiscretions of Archie I spoke to him as one old friend to another…and he sang a few bars from ‘Rigoletto’, and signed on the dotted line.
See also: dot, line, on, sign

sign on the dotted ˈline

(informal) sign your name at the bottom of a contract and so agree to a deal, etc: The job isn’t mine until I’ve signed on the dotted line.
See also: dot, line, on, sign
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The old Republican Congress passed legislation to punish countries that did not sign on the dotted line, even when doing so undermined other foreign policy goals.
But first, they were handed a five-page document and told to sign on the dotted line - in effect, agreeing not to hold the county responsible if any of the volunteers was injured while cleaning up the channels.