the letter of the law

noun phrase

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: exactly what the law says They seem to be more concerned with obeying the letter of the law than with understanding the spirit of the law.

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“The letter of the law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20letter%20of%20the%20law. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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