To dot your i’s and cross your t’s

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At Culips, we always try to focus on the details and get everything right for you! The expressions in this episode are used to talk about analyzing and examining things, checking for information, or making sure that everything is perfect. Of course, at Culips, we like to dot our i’s and cross our t’s! Listen to this episode to learn about this expression and others that mean to look very carefully at something. If you’re a member, you can also go over this episode with a fine-tooth comb by reviewing the transcript!

Maura: The first thing that’s worth mentioning about this expression is that when we say i’s, we’re not talking about the word that’s spelled E-Y-E-S, like the two eyes in your head. It’s the plural of the letter i. And when we talk about t’s, we’re not talking about that great drink, a cup of tea. We’re actually talking about the letter t, and that is also plural, when we say t’s.
Harp: Yes, so to dot your i’s and cross your t’s; we’re talking about the letters i and t.
Maura: This expression means to review something carefully, to go over something in a very detailed way in order to make sure that you don’t have any mistakes. So with this expression, you’re checking something carefully to make sure that there isn’t an error and to make sure that you finished it well.
Harp: Yes. So when you say to dot your i’s and cross your t’s, you’re carefully going over your work to make sure that there are no mistakes, there are no errors, everything is perfect.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Sugar cream pie Original and unique
You can’t complain To dot your i’s and cross your t’s
Handwriting To double-check
A CEO To go over something with a fine-tooth comb
Comb Lice
To bring something home To dissect something
Dissections in biology class Metaphors and stanzas

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