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jot and tittle

The very smallest detail(s) or amount(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 afford to lose money over some typo or technicality. We'll be scanning each jot and tittle of these documents for errors.
See also: and, jot, tittle

jot down

To write something down, often in haste. A noun or pronoun can be used between "jot" and "down." Let me just grab a pen so I can jot that number down. Here, I jotted down some ideas for you.
See also: down, jot

jot or tittle

The very smallest detail(s) or amount(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. Typically used in negative constructions to mean nothing at all. Not a single jot or tittle goes past the eye of the boss without her noticing. Make sure no jot or tittle in this contract is out of place. We can't afford to lose money over some typo or technicality.
See also: jot, tittle

not a jot

Not even a tiny or the smallest amount (of something). I worked all of that overtime and received not 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."
See also: jot, not
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

jot down

v.
To write down something briefly or hastily: The secretary jotted the message down. I jotted down the homework assignment.
See also: down, jot
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Chen is best known today as the author of Clandestine Jottings from My Little Window, a book he did not write, claims Greenbaum.
Called My Theatre Life, it contained the autobiographical jottings of Danish dancer/choreographer/teacher/ballet master August Bournonville.
However, I did feel vindicated this week at the reports of notepad jottings, thought to be by Tony Blair, obtained from the World Economic Forum in Switzerland by an enterprising newspaper reporter.
So there was much egg on face when it was pointed out that the jottings were the work not of our own prime minister, but of the world's most successful self-made businessman, Bill Gates.
The entire grouping was connected by red walls on which, like exvotos, hung myriad sketches, jottings, and notes, as well as photographs of McGee himself as a child--a labyrinth of images and sensations, almost all emerging from the life of the streets.
Thus "Night Highway 99," which in other hands would be just a road poem - the Beats' answer to Kerouac - becomes a series of poetic reminiscences, some quite lyrical, others more like jottings; but even in the jottings there is a discernible rhythm that recalls country-and-western music.
According to the latest jottings in the Facebook of the Sultan of Johor, accompanied by several photographs today, the Johor state government leadership headed by Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal and the state executive council line-up, were among the first to visit Istana Bukit Serene, here, on Aidilfitri morning.
According to the jottings, Sultan Ibrahim then attended the Aidilfitri Open House of the Mentri Besar here on the same day and set aside protocol to mingle with PH supporters and guests.
The camera's glimpses of her own diary disclose not the devastatingly acute document we have come to know and love, but crass, sub-Adrian Mole, semi-literate jottings with big girlie handwriting.
According to his jottings in the Facebook HRH Crown Prince of Johor, Tunku Ismail said he wanted to conduct a study on how to help the people by reducing the prices of goods in markets.
''I want to conduct a study on how to help the people by reducing the prices of goods in the markets such as eggs, fish, chicken, meat and others,'' he said via his jottings which were accompanied by several pictures of his visit to the market.
Reminiscent of the jottings and marginalia of Leonardo's notebooks, they obsessively describe one fantastical notion after another (architecture, landscape, physical gestures, circulatory systems) sometimes accompanied by a written word or two that suggest meanings for the "doodle" and/or the painting as a whole.