to be exact

idiom

used to indicate that a statement is accurate and specific
that afternoon, June 22, to be exact
They had many children—seven, to be exact.
He came a long way—from Nome, Alaska, to be exact—to attend the wedding.

Examples of to be exact in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In her monologue, Stewart referenced Donald Trump's various tweets (11, to be exact) about her split from Pattinson and the headlines about her affair with director Rupert Sanders. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 11 Jan. 2024 Delta Air Lines has its Comfort+ section with extra legroom, a 34-inch seat pitch to be exact. Ryan Erik King / Jalopnik, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2024 Apple bundles the two services together at a discount for college students (a 65% discount to be exact). Rudie Obias, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Feb. 2024 In a word: flawless. 2015 Queen Bey sparkled on the red carpet in this deep V-neck Proenza Schouler gown and diamonds and emeralds galore ($10 million worth of Lorraine Schwartz jewels, to be exact). Jackie Fields, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 In just a matter of days — six, to be exact — the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers will meet in Las Vegas to determine this year’s champion. Scott Chasen, Kansas City Star, 5 Feb. 2024 According to data from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), nearly 36 million passengers (35.7 million, to be exact) will set sail in 2024, up 4.2 million from 2023. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 21 Jan. 2024 In the United States, the Fed’s policymakers delighted Wall Street investors by signaling in December that 2024 would likely be a year of rate cuts — three to be exact, in their expectations — and not rate hikes. Paul Wiseman, Fortune, 20 Dec. 2023 After living in Iowa, New Jersey, Wyoming and New York, musician Victoria Park moved to Illinois – Chicago to be exact. Chicago Tribune, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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“To be exact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/to%20be%20exact. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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