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word for word

In or with the same exact words; verbatim. After seeing the play only once, he was able to repeat the monologue word for word. It was amazing. You don't need to translate it word for word—just make sure it has the same meaning.
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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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De palabra en palabra is the title of the exhibition catalogue, and indeed, word for word, world-pictures are created whenever someone explains the choice of some personal effect or recounts a memory--when a projectionist, for instance, rattles off his account of the film playing in the cinema and comments on the reactions of the audience.
The first two briefed the American official about the general situation in Iraq and the Middle East, and what would happen in Iraq, "and it's happened word for word since," says Ghorbanifar.
The crowd went crazy as they chanted the song word for word along with the band.
The reply I received, word for word was simple: 'This is what I want, and this is what I'm going to have'.
"I had to start looking at the letters and numbers on the board, and go word for word, letter for letter to make sure I got firings right," he says.
Sentencing, Judge Elizabeth Dunne said she had heard De Lange's story almost "word for word" from other South Africans in her court.
Tomorrow is a special day for young people when Tim Baker's three plays, The Secret, Word for Word and Flora's War, can all be seen in the Emlyn Williams Theatre.
People who have taken part in the Word for Word project were meeting at Atherstone Leisure Centre to discuss ways of improving literacy and educational attainment.
"Many business people think you can simply transfer one language into another by translating the source text word for word," he adds.