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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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By working strategically and connecting the dots, connectivity creates corridors and stepping-stones for wildlife and ecological processes.
Connecting the dots between education, interests, and careers; grades 7-10; a guide for school practitioners.
When a line is drawn connecting the dots the outline of an object is revealed" as Wikipedia puts it.
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The judges said that Freeman's reporting "shows how enterprising journalism comes from connecting the dots and revealing the picture that appears.
Moseley Braun also called for connecting the dots between different levels of government, noting that, as a former ambassador to New Zealand, she is the only Democratic presidential candidate with international, national, state and local government experience.
Now part of the job of cryptographer is the very famous connecting the dots.
The tragic and heroic aspects of the tales add a certain punch to the process of connecting the dots in Gaines's pieces, but the real issue seems less the specifics of the incidents than how those specifics get linked.
It's very strong evidence connecting the dots between the contamination at field lab and Simi Valley,'' Hirsch said.
The sauciness is part of the reason their act has gained such momentum--that and the appeal of the increasingly complex game of connecting the dots between FS's disparate pop-culture references.
Applicable Criteria and Related Research: Colombia's Infrastructure: Connecting the Dots
Connecting the dots between wetlands that are far apart is a tricky business, given the extraordinary complexity of the ecosystems and the fact that each faces unique local factors.
Typical is Marc Levin's film, ``Godfathers and Sons,'' which declares a through line from blues to hip-hop without really connecting the dots, just by throwing Marshall Chess of the old Chess Records blues label and Public Enemy's Chuck D together in the same room to banter.
The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) recognizes and embraces an unprecedented transformation in the global economy by Connecting The Dots in 2007.