Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “go by the book/do sth by the book”

See all translations

go by the book/do sth by the book

C2 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.
Translations of “go by the book/do sth by the book”
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴格按照規矩辦事…
in Chinese (Simplified) 照规矩办事…
(Definition of go by the book/do sth by the book from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

christmassy

typical of Christmas, or happy because it is Christmas

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

tweleb noun

December 22, 2014
informal a Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter) There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

Read More