Last modified on 18 June 2013, at 01:44

by the book

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by the book

  1. (idiomatic) In a manner which adheres strictly to rules, legal requirements, or official procedures.
    • 2006, Simon Robinson, "It's Not Just Cricket," Time, 27 Aug.,
      As far as he is concerned, he umpired by the book.