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connect the dots

1. Literally, to draw a line between dots, often as part of a children's activity to create an illustration or design. The kids are having fun connecting the dots and making pretty pictures for us.
2. To understand something by piecing together hints or other bits of information. Once I started to connect the dots, I realized that, if they hadn't called me by now, I probably wasn't getting the job.
See also: connect, dot

connect the ˈdots

(British English also join (up) the ˈdots) find or show the relationships between different things: It’s not hard to connect the dots between crime and poverty. ▶ connect-the-ˈdots adj.: a connect-the-dots article
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.
He notably used the term, connect the dots, and concluded that it is one of the most important things that one needs to do to be successful in life.
The September 11 attacks were a successful OODA run, with Al Qaeda striking before American intelligence and military agencies were able to connect the dots and react decisively.
Connect the dots from 1 to 25 to see who else is here to have fun and to exercise with the kids.
In his foreword, Braggs says America is "a place where interstates connect the dots (cities).
The challenge we all face collectively is to connect the dots," Democratic presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun told the general membership meeting of NLC's National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials constituency group during the Congress of Cities in Nashville, Tenn.
A long time ago, Kurant had the vision to connect the dots between large organizations, who are constantly under pressure to grow revenues and profits, and their small business customers, who need new ways to market, sell and compete in the new economy," said Dan Charron, Chief Development Officer at Paymentech.
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.
I think people choose things that they connect the dots to, there's some connection.
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.
Why take political-science courses and government courses if you can't connect the dots with your own political engagement?