to the letter

idiom

: exactly or precisely
obey the law to the letter

Examples of to the letter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office responded to the letter, saying senators will be sworn in as jurors the following day. Andrew Torgan, CNN, 7 Apr. 2024 If a person fails to respond to the letter of complaint within 10 days of receiving it, it is considered a misdemeanor criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $500. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 3 Apr. 2024 This in itself can give you pretty good signal as a job seeker: companies that are posting ranges that show $0 - $1 million or $50,000 - $400,000 are at best conforming to the letter, if not the spirit, of the law. James Hudson, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 In addition to the letter of 1626 — from the Dutch National Archive in The Hague — the installation is centered around the exhibition title’s eponymous plan. Marc Tracy, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2024 Sophia says Cutler’s behavior followed the 764 grooming manual to the letter. Ali Winston, WIRED, 13 Mar. 2024 Barton did not respond to the letter, county spokesperson Jason Berry said. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 7 Mar. 2024 Fire watch services are not just a prudent choice – they're often mandated by codes and regulations that must be followed to the letter. Kyle Russell, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 While privacy laws may prevent the school from talking to the letter writer about the child in question, there is nothing to prevent her from relaying the situation to the child’s school counselor. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2024

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“To the letter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/to%20the%20letter. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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