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English definition of “dot the i's and cross the t's”

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dot the i's and cross the t's

to pay a great deal of attention to the details of something, especially when you are trying to complete a task: The negotiations are nearly finished, but we still have to dot the i's and cross the t's.
Translations of “dot the i's and cross the t's”
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指在完成某項工作時)一絲不苟,注重細節…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指在完成某项工作时)一丝不苟,注重细节…
(Definition of dot the i's and cross the t's from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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