word for word

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  1. in exactly the same words; verbatim.

  2. one word at a time, without regard for the sense of the whole: She translated the book word for word.

Origin of word for word

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400

Other words from word for word

  • word-for-word, adjective

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word for word

Exactly as written or spoken, as in That was the forecast, word for word. Chaucer used this idiom in the late 1300s.

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