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connect the dots

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connect the dots


From one fixed point to another: rarely venture out of their own connect-thedots puzzle: from home to work, on to local haunts, and home again

verb phrase

  1. To draw a conclusion from disparate facts: He calls this connecting the dots because it links bits of information to form a big picture
  2. To do something very simple: He couldn't even figure out how to connect the dots

[1980s+; fr a child's puzzle, where a picture emerges when one connects a number of dispersed dots on the paper]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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