Meaning of “to the letter” in the English Dictionary

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"to the letter" in British English

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to the letter

If you obey instructions or rules to the letter, you do exactly what you have been told to do, giving great attention to every detail:

I followed the instructions to the letter and it still went wrong.

(Definition of “to the letter” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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