go by the book

go by the book

  also do something by the book
to do something exactly as the rules tell you My lawyer always goes strictly by the book. This is a private deal - we don't have to do everything by the book.
See also: book
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The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz decided to go by the book while dealing with the issue of deleting Musharraf's name from the exit control list (ECL), the Nation reports.
So do it straight, go by the book Remember how it all should look.
In 2003, the ``edgy, humorous'' television show ``10-8'' featured a New York ``ex-thug'' who later becomes a sheriff's deputy, a veteran deputy tasked with training him and others who don't always go by the book.
For the record, and for those who still like to go by the book, American Heritage III says of factoid, "Unverified or inaccurate information that is presented in the press as factual, often as part of a publicity effort, and that is then accepted as true because of constant repetition .
It led him to begin teaching Sunday school at 14, got him back from the Korean War alive as a young man, and laid the groundwork for a long, successful career as a teacher who didn't just go by the book or go through the motions after so many years on the job.