Definition of dot the i's and cross the t's in US English:

dot the i's and cross the t's

phrase

informal
  • Ensure that all details are correct.

    • ‘It's important to take the time to do the research - check the facts, dot the i's and cross the t's, especially when a particular piece could end up in print.’
    • ‘I didn't do much at work apart from filling out my appraisal as there is pressure to dot the i's and cross the t's as redundancy stalks the office for the SEVENTH time in 3 years.’
    • ‘He also told us last week that they just needed to dot the i's and cross the t's to complete their takeover but now he's saying the creditors' meeting won't take place until at least September.’
    • ‘‘All that's left to do is dot the i's and cross the t's,’ Tuttle said.’
    • ‘I still think the military procurement system needs more flexibility - but it also needs to be managed by competent staffs with the capability to dot the i's and cross the t's of their contracts.’
    • ‘They tended to sue him any chance they got, so it was vital to have every I dotted and every T crossed in their notes.’
    • ‘We are being held up, however, while we wait for the council to dot the i's and cross the t's.’
    • ‘I reckon our copies were hardly off the press before the boys in Swindon began dotting the i's and crossing the t's on their press release announcing the lowest mortgage rate in 30 years.’
    • ‘She finished dotting her I's and crossing her T's and handed her teacher her paper.’
    • ‘Maybe they are so dysfunctional that Parliament has to prescribe that they dot the i's and cross the t's in whatever they have to do.’