Last modified on 7 October 2013, at 00:32

by the numbers

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EtymologyEdit

The origin of this phrase goes back to the American Revolutionary War where a book containing numbered positions for rifle and bayonet practice was used to train soldiers. In the book, each diagram was numbered.

Prepositional phraseEdit

by the numbers

  1. (idiomatic) to do something exactly, precisely, or in a formulaic way.

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