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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/your ˌi’s and cross the/your ˈt’spay 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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dot the i's and cross the t's, to
To be precise and meticulous. The source of this expression, it is alleged, is the possibility of confusing these letters if they are carelessly penned, and presumably it began as an admonition to schoolchildren and/or scribes. It was soon transferred to other affairs, and has been a cliché since the late nineteenth century.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer