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line-for-line Line breaks: line-for-line

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of line-for-line in English:


(Of a piece of writing) copied exactly from beginning to end: an outright line-for-line forgery with a faked signature
More example sentences
  • We know you can probably quote most of it line-for-line but that's half the fun isn't it?
  • His admirable intention was to produce a few pages which would coincide - word for word and line for line - with those of Miguel de Cervantes.
  • He takes pains to clarify a strange word or difficult passage, while still maintaining a fidelity to the original, translating line for line and straying only when stricter English syntax makes reversed clauses more desirable.
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