sign on the dotted line

dotted line

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.

1770–75 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
dotted line
1.  a line of dots or dashes on a form or document
2.  sign on the dotted line to agree formally, esp by signing one's name on a document

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Idioms & Phrases

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]

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