dot dot dot

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A reference to the ellipsis ().

Noun[edit]

dot dot dot (plural dot dot dots)

  1. (colloquial) An ellipsis.
    • 2001 May 8, Darin Horton, “build button, dot dot dot, ellipse”, in microsoft.public.access.forms, Usenet[1], message-ID <urUrrh71AHA.956@tkmsftngp03>:
      Is there a way, other then creating my own command button, that I can get the dot dot dot button next to a field on my form in Access 2000.
    • 2001 October 29, Matt Lane, “Making a Recordset Field Cut short with dot dot dot! Help !”, in macromedia.ultradev, Usenet[2], message-ID <B802F5BA.25E0%mlane@thefoundationdesign.com>:
      [the words dot dot dot are in the title]
      How do I make a recordset field which may be cut short like on a search engine so it only displays a certain ammount of characters and then ends ...?
    • 2009 September 27, Chip Eastham, “Re: Repetition-Operator in mathematical formulas?”, in sci.math, Usenet[3], message-ID <601c1c83-5906-4713-95de-8cb76d47762e@p23g2000vbl.googlegroups.com>:
      The "dot-dot-dot" (ellipsis) is commonly used to indicate omitted terms or signs of the kind you ask about.

Interjection[edit]

dot dot dot

  1. (colloquial) As if adding an ellipsis in the middle of speech, indicates a pause, an omission or an unfinished thought.
    Let me read this part of the note for the court reporter: "Either meet my demands or dot dot dot.".
    • 2000 August 24, Monica Love, “So I got bored (dot dot dot)”, in rec.arts.bodyart, Usenet[4], message-ID <39a588d9_7@isp.uncensored-news.com>:
      [the words dot dot dot are in the title]
      Indeed I did. So bored that I decided to stretch my lobes.
    • 2003 February 17, :-O< 8@:-O.:-O, “**IF I WAS JOE MILLIONAIRE, DOT DOT DOT******”, in alt.tv.real-world, Usenet[5], message-ID <fe835v0d383qv7bnsnpdda4jhlt0rqkv7o@4ax.com>:
      IF I WAS JOE MILLIONAIRE, DOT DOT DOT******
      I would have picked Eric from celebrity mole, lol.
    • 2006 June 13, turtoni, “I require your attention, because... dot-dot-DOT”, in alt.philosophy, Usenet[6], message-ID <GNWdnXo89tZ5zhPZnZ2dnUVZ_q2dnZ2d@comcast.com>:
      [the original text is stylized across multiple lines]
      I need water, food, "shelter", emotions AND... dot-dot-DOT a reason.
    • 2013, "Lawnmower Dog", season 1, episode 2 of Rick and Morty
      [Rick and Morty survived being killed inside Mr. Goldenfold and found their house crowded with robot-armored dogs.]
      Morty: What the Hell?
      Rick: Out of the frying pan, dot, dot, dot, huh, Morty?