English version

by the book

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishby the bookby the bookOBEYexactly according to rules or instructions She feels she has to go by the book and can’t use her creativity.do/play something by the book The police were careful to do everything by the book. book
Examples from the Corpus
do/play something by the bookHe plays it by the book.I do it by the book.They play it by the book - their book not mine.
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