by the numbers
In a strict sequence, step-by-step; also, mechanically. For example, The only way to assemble this computer is to do it by the numbers, or Writing a novel is not something one can do by the numbers. This expression has nothing to do with actual numerical figures (like by the dozen) but uses numbers in the sense of a strict order or sequence.
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How to use by the numbers in a sentence
Those are troubling numbers, for unfettered speech is not incidental to a flourishing society.
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All along the highways and by-paths of our literature we encounter much that pertains to this "queen of plants."
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As company after company appeared, we were able to form a pretty exact estimate of their numbers.
The Mexicans, far superior in numbers, received every moment accessions to their strength.