in the strict/strictest sense (of the word)

idiom

used to refer to using the correct or precise meaning of a word
He's not a volunteer in the strict/strictest sense (of the word) because he receives a small stipend.

Dictionary Entries Near in the strict/strictest sense (of the word)

in the stars

in the strict/strictest sense (of the word)

in the thick of

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“In the strict/strictest sense (of the word).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20the%20strict%2Fstrictest%20sense%20%28of%20the%20word%29. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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