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Harry Potter (#6) and the Half-Blood Prince
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as in: about noon; 12:03 to be precise Define
exact (accurate)
  • It was precisely this sort of behavior that made him dislike Fudge's visits so much.
  • He made Mrs. Weasley a bow and followed Tonks, vanishing at precisely the same spot.

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  • "Precisely," said the Fat Lady in a feeble voice, and swung forward to reveal the portrait hole.
  • 'Precisely!' beamed Slughorn.
  • Harry lay there, staring up at the patch of light on the ceiling, his recently mended skull not hurting, precisely, but feeling slightly tender underneath all the bandaging.
  • Harry asked, after a particularly long interrogation from Lavender that took in everything from precisely what Ron had said about her new drew robes to whether or not Harry thought that Ron considered his relationship with Lavender to be "serious."
  • He had rarely felt more in sympathy with the society Hermione had set up, S.P.E.W. "Precisely," said Dumbledore.
  • "My thoughts precisely," said Dumbledore.
  • What is it that you suspect them of doing, precisely?
  • "Not here, precisely," said Dumbledore.

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  • The news had traveled very fast: Apparently Moaning Myrtle had taken it upon herself to pop up in every bathroom in the castle to tell the story; Malfoy had already been visited in the hospital wing by Pansy Parkinson, who had lost no time in vilifying Harry far and wide, and Snape had told the staff precisely what had happened.

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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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  • The minute hand on the alarm clock reached the number twelve and, at that precise moment, the street-lamp outside the window went out.
  • What he meant, I am sure, is that he had been under an enchantment that had now lifted, though I daresay he did not dare use those precise words for fear of being thought insane.

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  • Malfoy spun round on the spot, his hand flying to his wand, but at thai precise moment the four Heads of House shouted, 'Quiet!' and silence fell again.
  • …it seemed impossible that nobody could hear him standing there, imprisoned by Dumbledore's spell —if he could only move, he could aim a curse from under the Cloak — 'Draco, do it, or stand aside so one of us —' screeched the woman, but at that precise moment the door to the ramparts burst open once more and there stood Snape, his wand clutched in his hand as his black eyes swept the scene, from Dumbledore slumped against the wall, to the four Death Eaters, including the enraged…

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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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