by the numbers meaning

  "by the numbers" in a sentence
  • [American idiom]
    according to the rules. (Informal.)
    He always plays the game by the numbers. He never cheats.
    I want all my people to go by the numbers. This place is totally honest.
    We always go by the book in matters like this.

  • [American slang]
    Go to by the book


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  1. runoff is also governed by the number and the length of streams in the basin.
  2. i'm constantly amazed by the number of people who can't seem to control their own schedules.
  3. i was immediately struck by the number of young englishmen dotted about; all well dressed.
  4. you can go straight to the zoo by the number 1 bus
  5. i want this to go smooth and by the numbers

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