Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

by the numbers

Definition of by the numbers

US

  1. :  in a way that follows the rules or instructions but that is not interesting or original <Dancing by the numbers isn't good enough. You have to really feel the music.>




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up by the numbers? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).