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

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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)
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