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jot and tittle

The smallest detail(s). "Jot," derived from the word for the Greek letter "iota," is a small amount, while a "tittle" is the dot over a lowercase i. Make sure every jot and tittle in the contract is perfect. We can't lose money over some typo or technicality.
See also: and, jot, tittle

not a jot

Not even a tiny or the smallest amount (of something). I worked all of that overtime and didn't get a jot of extra cash for my efforts. Look at him—there's not a jot of shame in his eyes for what he's done. A: "Did you get any help on your assignment from the study group?" B: "Not a jot. They were all too busy gossiping."
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jot something down

to make a note of something. This is important. Please jot this down. Jot down this note, please.
See also: down, jot

not one/a ˈjot (or ˈtittle)

(informal) not even the smallest amount: There’s not a jot of truth in the story.It seems that his divorce has not affected him one jot.She doesn’t seem to care a jot what I do.
See also: jot, not, one

jot down

To write down something briefly or hastily: The secretary jotted the message down. I jotted down the homework assignment.
See also: down, jot

jot or tittle

The slightest change. In the King James version of Matthew 5:18 we read, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” A “jot” was an iota, a very small quantity (we still use the expression “not one iota of truth”); a tittle was a tiny accent mark. Accordingly, to have said “not one jot or tittle” was a very erudite way of refusing to make even the most minor alteration.
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KMC account executive Beth Mayer jokingly jotted down a headline, "Guy with Funny Name Takes Job at Small Company.
One of the affidavits was the translation into English of Meucci's Memorandum Book where he had jotted down his notes on his various experiments on the telephone, as far back as 1862.
LANCASTER - A 1985 Ford Mustang that authorities said was bought with money stolen from five local businesses led officials to an arrest after a witness jotted down the vehicle's license number during an attempted robbery.
asked Chiou, who jotted down the woman's medical history.
Tracing a license plate number jotted down by a student, authorities said Wednesday that they have arrested and charged a 24-year-old Lancaster man suspected of exposing himself to girls near local schools.
crash jotted down the license plate number of the Chevrolet pickup truck, which continued traveling south.