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as in: about noon; 12:03 to be precise Define
exact (accurate)
  • They came into his hand precisely as he has told us—he stepped on the box and picked it up.
  • He had learnt, he had suddenly quite unexpectedly learnt, that the next day at seven o'clock Lizaveta, the old woman's sister and only companion, would be away from home and that therefore at seven o'clock precisely the old woman would be left alone.

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  • At nine o'clock precisely Razumihin reached the lodgings at Bakaleyev's house.
  • "Precisely so, Avdotya Romanovna," Pyotr Petrovitch answered impressively, sitting down again, but still holding his hat.
  • Kindly let me know in what terms precisely you repeated my words in your letter to Rodion Romanovitch.
  • The little girl was still trembling; but the boy, kneeling on his little bare knees, lifted his hand rhythmically, crossing himself with precision and bowed down, touching the floor with his forehead, which seemed to afford him especial satisfaction.
  • There is, if you recollect, a suggestion that there are certain persons who can…. that is, not precisely are able to, but have a perfect right to commit breaches of morality and crimes, and that the law is not for them.
  • The picture of their unhappy brother stood out at last with great clearness and precision.
  • I do not know whether he is well off now, and precisely what Marfa Petrovna left him; this will be known to me within a very short period; but no doubt here in Petersburg, if he has any pecuniary resources, he will relapse at once into his old ways.
  • And what precisely was now the object of their attacks?

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  • Not precisely of the tubercles.
  • You turned this way mechanically and yet precisely according to the direction, though you are not aware of it.
  • I shall have the honour of visiting you and paying you my respects at your lodgings not later than to-morrow evening at eight o'clock precisely, and herewith I venture to present my earnest and, I may add, imperative request that Rodion Romanovitch may not be present at our interview—as he offered me a gross and unprecedented affront on the occasion of my visit to him in his illness yesterday, and, moreover, since I desire from you personally an indispensable and circumstantial…

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  • Is it precise enough if I measure to the closest inch?
  • The detective is talking to all the witnesses to try to determine the precise sequence of events.

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  • His movements were precise and definite; a firm purpose was evident in them.
  • I have precise information.

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  • The doctor came in, a precise little old man, a German, looking about him mistrustfully; he went up to the sick man, took his pulse, carefully felt his head and with the help of Katerina Ivanovna he unbuttoned the blood-stained shirt, and bared the injured man's chest.
  • If anything were to happen (though indeed I don't believe in it and think you quite incapable of it), yet in case you were taken during these forty or fifty hours with the notion of putting an end to the business in some other way, in some fantastic fashion—laying hands on yourself—(it's an absurd proposition, but you must forgive me for it) do leave a brief but precise note, only two lines, and mention the stone.

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as in: about noon; 12:03 to be precise Define
exact (accurate)
as in: a precise personality Define
meticulous (careful about details)
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