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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.
Origin of word for word
1350-1400; Middle English
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word-for-word, adjective Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • All translations need to be original, word for word translations.
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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.
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