by numbers

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Definition of by numbers

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

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“By numbers.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/by%20numbers. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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