Definition of To be precise

1. Adverb. In actual fact. "Properly speaking, they are not husband and wife"

Lexicographical Neighbors of To Be Precise

to a nicety
to a tee
to a tittle
to a tolerable degree
to a turn
to advantage
to all intents and purposes
to an adequate degree
to an extent
to and again
to and fro
to and fros
to arms
to be continued
to be honest
to be precise (current term)
to be sure
to beat the band
to begin with
to boot
to both ears
to date
to death
to die for
to do with
to each his own
to each one
to err is human
to go
to hand

Literary usage of To be precise

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Crabb's English Synonyms by George Crabb (1917)
"... or measure, to be exact; a line, a rule, or a form, to be precise. These epithets rise in sense upon each other, exact signifying more than accu- rii/e, ..."

2. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order with Copious Illustrations by George Crabb (1904)
"... examination or on observation, is more properly said to be accurate; a model, figure, or measure, to be exact; a line, a rule, or a form, to be precise. ..."

3. Our Country Home: How We Transformed a Wisconsin Woodland by Frances Kinsley Hutchinson (1908)
"The furniture in this room is simple, consisting of one stone bench; the dishes plain and few—to be precise, there is but one, a brass jar from India, ..."

4. The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown (1851)
"... to be precise, signifies, that they express his exact idea, and nothing more or less." OBS. 14.—The principal verbs that take the same case after as ..."

5. Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases Usually Regarded by John Russell Bartlett (1860)
"Our friend, moreover, says that the House Line, if disposed - to be precise, should call their communications Teletypes, as they are printed, not written. ..."

6. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"Where the designer is at liberty to complete the ship in accordance with the original intention there ought to be precise correspondence between the design ..."

7. Debates in the British Parliament 1911-1912 on the Declaration of London and by Great Britain Parliament, 1911, Great Britain Parliament, United States Dept. of State (1919)
"He knows that in the language of diplomacy the last thing people desire is to be precise. VISCOUNT MORLEY OF BLACKBURN. Some people. ..."

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