- a line on a contract or similar document for a party's signature.
- a line at which a sheet of paper is perforated or a piece of it is to be detached.
- signature on the dotted line, full agreement to terms and conditions.
- sign on the dotted line, to agree fully to terms or conditions.
Origin of dotted line
- a line of dots or dashes on a form or document
- sign on the dotted line to agree formally, esp by signing one's name on a document
sign on the dotted line
Agree formally or fully, as in The deal is just about fixed; all they have to do is sign on the dotted line. This idiom refers to the broken line traditionally appearing at the bottom of a legal document, indicating the place for one's signature. [Early 1900s]