word for word

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - word for word

"word for word"

exactly as spoken or written, verbatim


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - word for word

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Tell me again, word for word, what the boss said.

Colleague 2:  She said, and I quote, "Anyone caught leaving work before five o'clock will be fired.".

Colleague 1:  Those were her exact words?  She didn't say "may be fired" or "could be fired"?

Colleague 2:  "Will be fired" were her exact words.

Colleague 1:  That is pretty serious.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - word for word

Two teachers are talking ...

Teacher 1:  I had to give a student a zero on her term paper.

Teacher 2:  What happened? Did the student plagiarize?

Teacher 1:  Not just plagiarized or paraphrased but copied a text word for word from the internet.

Teacher 2:  The student did not even bother to make any changes?

Teacher 1:  None. Copied word for word.

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word for word - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for word for word.

word for word - Examples:

1)  Even if you don't remember your responses word for word, you can fall back on certain key points and phrases.

2)  Like many Legion members, he knows word for word the poem that is recited as part of the formal Act Of Remembrance.

3)  ... resourceful and street-smart news editor, had caught him on audiotape word for word.

4)  Don't you dare interpret your religion. Take the Koran word for word. It's a problem.

5)  After repeating the same article nearly word for word every month since March, I just can't do it again.

6)  I have said it, every other thing I said I meant it word for word.

7)  ... but by referencing the constitutional definition of treason almost word for word, she made her point very clear.

8)  The previous agreement contained a large section on financial stability, which is repeated word for word in the new agreement.

9)  I've tried to get it changed but he wants me reading it word for word.

10)  ... or she took her brother's notebook and copied his lessons word for word.

11)  The story purports to be an extract -- "word for word as he wrote it" -- from the diary of the narrator's ...

12)  ... the only person who knew every minute detail, who could pretty much recite it word for word.

13)  The ads were word for word identical -- same purpose, same contacts, same dates.

14)  ... have merely reproduced the archaic law word for word without substantial amendments.

15)  A very poor movie indeed. Adapting something word for word can be a good or bad thing, depending on the directors intent.

16)  And who -- of a certain age -- can not recite the Superman mantra word for word

17)  As kids we were given a guide to beauty and we've been following it word for word, mostly unconsciously. Being thin has nothing on your self-confidence.

18)  ... to pay tribute to the power of the book. Not just adapt the book word for word, but a chance to adapt what the book means to people, ...

19)  You will hear exactly the same speech, word for word, down to the hand gestures, at the Democratic National Convention.

20)  Because we never copyrighted it, they plagiarized it -- word for word, paragraph for paragraph.