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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.
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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
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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 value of the horseshoe crab to bacteria typing connects the dots between animals in nature and animals as a vital diagnostic tool.
Tonight's episode neatly and clearly contextualizes the global expansion of radical Islamic violence, providing a neat timeline that connects the dots between events that occurred all around the globe.
The mind connects the dots without having all the information.
The Culprit and the Cure clearly connects the dots between a healthy lifestyle and the prevention of chronic diseases, a prolonged life, and a higher quality of life.
In its simplest form, Collaborative Support connects the dots between two of Microsoft's most successful support systems, Partner Advantage and Premier Support," said Erik Benjaminson Practice Manager, ISV Partner Services.
Whereas you really had to think multilaterally to get ``Decalogue's'' Ten Commandments references and follow feelings like you would a symphony in ``Magnolia,'' this one connects the dots much more simply.
For publishers, it connects the dots between our massive software trial listings and the actual sale, and for customers, it offers a seamless product evaluation and buying process.
After the film, series host Mishal Husain interviews Ahmed Rashid, who puts the story into context, and connects the dots for American viewers.