One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Representing the exact form of an original text; exactly copied.‘a letter-for-letter transliteration of the Greek’
word-for-word, verbatim, line-for-lineView synonyms
- ‘The most scrupulous care was taken to copy the Torah, letter for letter.’
- ‘The universal genetic code allows us to make letter-for-letter textual comparisons across plants, snails and bacteria, as well as vertebrates.’
- ‘Finally, the narrative switches over to following the book letter-for-letter, and we get a strikingly faithful re-creation of the cartoon.’
- ‘Since the data is matched letter for letter, it must appear in exactly the same form every time it is entered, or else it will be missed in a cross-check.’
- ‘On Friday, September 1, 2000, I began retyping the day's New York Times, word for word, letter for letter, from the upper left hand corner to the lower right hand corner, page by page.’
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