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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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The theme of the July 2007 issue was "Architainment and Attraction Lighting," with a cover story that connected the dots in Montreal and another feature that connected the dots between CFLs and LEDs.
He personally connected the dots from his experiences as a youth.
Flamarique says, "All of a sudden, I connected the dots" He hypothesized that those flashes included a UV signal that fish detected in shallow waters.
Commons Lane successfully connected the dots between assessment and instruction in kindergarten.
William Norman Grigg's chilling article in your July 11 "Special Issue" on UN "reform" connected the dots; we have a self-professed devout Christian President Bush on a "sacred mission" to impose his Global Democratic Revolution via a highly militarized United Nations.
Second, even with the "wall" intact, the FBI and Justice Department could still have freely shared information internally (as well as with foreign intelligence agencies like the CIA), that would have "connected the dots" before 9/11.
It suggests the range of an artist who, in collaborations with Cage, Mark Lancaster, Jasper Johns, Isamu Noguchi, David Tudor, Rei Kawakubo, and Robert Rauschenberg, has connected the dots between disciplines for at least two-thirds of the twentieth century.
Scientists plotted a data point for the C[O.sub.2] level every month between 1958 and 1986, and then connected the dots. The finished graph depicts the rise in C[O.sub.2] over time.
"For years, I and many others simply connected the dots from one ancient animal community to the next through time, treating them as part of a continuous evolutionary process," Potts says.
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