word for word

in exactly the same words; verbatim.
one word at a time, without regard for the sense of the whole: She translated the book word for word.

1350–1400; Middle English

word-for-word, adjective
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word for word

Exactly as written or spoken, as in That was the forecast, word for word. Chaucer used this idiom in the late 1300s.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Yet observe, line for line and almost word for word, how strangely they differ from prose.
Memorize it, although perhaps not word for word, and time yourself.
In between was two pages taken word for word from a book of bios.
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