Definition of line-for-line in English:



  • (of a piece of writing) copied exactly from beginning to end.

    ‘an outright line-for-line forgery with a faked signature’
    • ‘We know you can probably quote most of it line-for-line but that's half the fun isn't it?’
    • ‘He takes pains to clarify a strange word or difficult passage, while still maintaining a fidelity to the original, translating line for line and straying only when stricter English syntax makes reversed clauses more desirable.’
    • ‘He could recount line for line the speech where Scofield, as More, listens to a young man explain how he would be all too willing to break every law of man in order to reach the Devil himself.’
    • ‘For those who haven't read it, here's a translation, line for line.’
    • ‘His admirable intention was to produce a few pages which would coincide - word for word and line for line - with those of Miguel de Cervantes.’
    • ‘He wrote with such accuracy that his manuscript and the printed copy corresponded page for page, and line for line.’
    word-for-word, verbatim, line-for-line, letter-for-letter
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