con·​nect-the-dots kə-ˈnekt-ṯẖə-ˈdäts How to pronounce connect-the-dots (audio)
: done or proceeding in a series of simple and usually predictable steps
a movie with a connect-the-dots plot

Examples of connect-the-dots in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yeah, the Guinness Punch was one of the first connect-the-dots moments between Caribbean food and my identity. Jessica Carbone, Saveur, 29 Feb. 2024 Gemini seemingly recognizes images quickly — even for connect-the-dots pictures — responds within seconds, and tracks a wad of paper in a cup and ball game in real-time. Emilia David, The Verge, 7 Dec. 2023 The task for brands now mirrors a grand game of connect-the-dots, where platforms like Instagram and Tik Tok act as critical platforms to interact and be social. Maria Williams, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2023 What’s missing, above all, from Nolan’s connect-the-dots version of Oppenheimer’s life is the kind of utterly outlandish detail in which that life abounded. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 26 July 2023 The stream-of-conscious, connect-the-dots vibe is nearly overwhelming. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 3 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of connect-the-dots was in 1981

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Cite this Entry

“Connect-the-dots.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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