One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the room's exactly as I expected it to be’
precisely, entirely, absolutely, completely, totally, just, quite, in every way, in every respect, one hundred per cent, every inch, to the hilt
informal on the nail, bang on, spot on, to a T
North American informal on the money
not at all
2‘mention your source and write the quotation out exactly’
accurately, precisely, correctly, without error, without flaws, without mistakes, unerringly, faultlessly, perfectly
verbatim, word for word, letter for letter, to the letter, literally, closely, faithfully, in every detail, with strict attention to detail
1‘‘You mean she escaped?’ ‘Exactly.’’
precisely, yes, right, that's right, just so, quite so, quite, indeed, absolutely, truly, certainly, definitely, assuredly, undoubtedly, indubitably, without a doubt
informal you bet, you got it, I'll say
‘I'm not exactly a spring chicken any more’
by no means, not by any means, not, not at all, in no way, certainly not
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