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word for word

in the exact words; verbatim. I memorized the speech, word for word. I can't recall word for word what she told us.
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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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word for word

in exactly the same or, when translated, exactly equivalent words.
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ˌword for ˈword

in exactly the same words; translated directly from another language: I repeated what you said, word for word.It probably won’t sound very natural if you translate it word for word.a word-for-word account, translation, etc.
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In his book ``Proud Highways,'' Thompson writes letters to friends about how he ``wrote'' ``The Great Gatsby'' word for word on his typewriter to ``get the rhythm of it.
Dieter was very happy when I agreed to repeat the Basel address word for word, and perform with him a spontaneous comedy of errors.
By maintaining character highlighting, paragraphs, tabs, columns, footnotes and more, Word for Word preserves the formatting and layout of the original document when converted, and automatically recognizes the source format of most files.
They copied word for word, a paragraph from our press release on the matter, and then stole our idea of bringing Ms.
Gilbert Cedillo next week plans to reintroduce the exact same proposal to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants - word for word - that was vetoed in September.
With its database driven multi-lingual capabilities, SOE Software recently implemented the ability to convert Hillsborough County's Supervisor of Elections website to a word for word Spanish language version.
In a short story, Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges once speculated what the reaction would be if ``Don Quixote'' had never been written by Cervantes and instead was written - word for word, exactly the same - by a 20th-century novelist.
MetroGuide's complaint alleged defendants not only ripped off, word for word, MetroGuide's content, but violated copyright laws by creating web sites that stole the look and feel of its HotelGuide sites.
Setting to music word for word the Roman Catholic Mass in Latin, the piece runs 80 minutes - substantially longer than the religious service it copies.