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dot the i's and cross the t's

Meaning: If you dot the i's and cross the t's, you do something very carefully to make sure you haven't made any mistakes.

For example:

  • I've nearly finished the report. I just have to go over it once more to dot the i's and cross the t's.

  • Why can't Jerry dot the i's and cross the t's? I always find mistakes in his work.

Quick Quiz:

I've dotted the i's and crossed the t's, so there
  1. will be a few mistakes
  2. will be lots of mistakes
  3. shouldn't be any mistakes

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