dot the i's and cross the t's

dot (one's) I's and cross (one's) t's

To do something carefully and make sure that every last minor detail is completed. Please make sure to dot your i's and cross your t's when signing this contract. I made sure to dot my i's and cross my t's when installing the circuit breaker—you can never be too careful with electrical work.
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dot the i's and cross the t's

Be meticulous and precise, fill in all the particulars, as in Laura had dotted all the i's and crossed the t's, so she wondered what she'd done wrong . This expression presumably began as an admonition to schoolchildren to write carefully and is sometimes shortened. William Makepeace Thackeray had it in a magazine article ( Scribner's Magazine, 1849): "I have . . . dotted the i's." [Mid-1800s]
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dot the i's and cross the t's

If you dot the i's and cross the t's, you make sure that all the details of something are correct. The two sides are close to a basic agreement. Dotting all the i's and crossing all the t's may take some time, however. Unless all the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed, a contract is not likely to be enforced. Note: In old-fashioned styles of handwriting, you write a word with one movement of your pen, and then go back and add the dot to any i's and the cross-strokes to any t's.
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dot the i's and cross the t's

ensure that all details are correct. informal
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dot the/your ˌi’s and cross the/your ˈt’s

pay great attention to small details in order to complete something; be very thorough and careful in what you do or say: We reached a broad agreement, and decided to dot the i’s and cross the t’s later.
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Indeed there's talk the move is so far advanced that all he has to do is dot the I's and cross the T's - the latter with pinpoint accuracy.
Hariri left these commitments vague and unclear, but the media on Monday tried to dot the i's and cross the t's.
The Libyan brothers dot the i's and cross the t's," the minister said at a news conference following the weekly Cabinet Meeting, held Thursday in Rabat.
It's all done and dusted and we just need to dot the i's and cross the t's.
We have just got to make sure we dot the i's and cross the t's, hold the ball well and do things correctly.
Murphy said: ''It hasn't been finalised but we just need to dot the I's and cross the T's.
But when you use the initiative process, it's your job to follow that process and make sure you dot the i's and cross the t's,'' she said.
DOT THE I'S AND CROSS THE T'S It might sound obvious but missing information and inaccurate data on invoices can often cause payments to be delayed.