go by the book

go by the book

Meaning

  • do things strictly according to the written rules, etc.
  • according to the rules and norms
  • to strictly follow the applicable guidelines to do something

Example Sentences

  1. The most successful officers are not those who always go by the book but use their initiative.
  2. My friend Sarah always goes strictly by the book at her job.
  3. I don't believe in going by the book always. Sometimes it's better to use your common sense according to the situation.

Origin

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