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to the letter

exactly as instructed; exactly as written. I didn't make an error. I followed your instruction to the letter. We didn't prepare the recipe to the letter, but the cake still turned out very well.
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to the letter

completely or exactly I followed the instructions to the letter but I still couldn't put the fan together.
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to the letter

  (slightly formal)
if you follow instructions or obey rules to the letter, you do exactly what you are told to do I followed the instructions to the letter but I still couldn't get it to work.
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to the letter

Precisely, as in If you follow the directions to the letter, you can't go wrong. Letter here refers to the exact terms of some statement. [c. 1800]
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to the letter

To the last detail; exactly: followed instructions to the letter.
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Company A will not pledge any assets or collateral to the letter of credit's issuer.
Be aware that you still can make changes to the letters, such as editing the recipient list or excluding recipients by selecting the appropriate function.
Indeed, the endnotes to the letters in all of the volumes under review do an admirable job of identifying the personages mentioned in the text -- no small task, given the vast cast of officials, ambassadors, courtiers, and hangers-on who inhabited the space of the Sforza court.
As Grimshaw says in her introduction to the letters, "The Webb correspondence lays bare both the scope and the limitations of an individual personality.
In addition to the letters, Sanchez was sent a bright memento of their postal relationship: a wooden cylinder that Kaczynski had carefully carved, stained and painted.