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Discussion in 'English Only' started by Pidginboy, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. Pidginboy Senior Member

    India-Local dialect
    He takes the orders of his boss and complies with them without any deviation or laxity.

    Can I have an apt phrase for that in bold?
     
  2. Cagey post mod

    California
    English - US
    One idiomatic way of saying this:
    He takes the orders of his boss and carries them out to the letter.
    We would be more likely to say:
    He carries his boss's orders out to the letter.

     
  3. cyco

    cyco Junior Member

    Ohio, USA
    English (US)
    You could also say "He takes the orders of his boss and complies with them verbatim / to the word.

    Although "carries out" sounds better than "complies with" in this context, as Cagey said. "Comply" is used more in legal areas than anything ( e.g. "He complied with the court order").
     
  4. Teafrog

    Teafrog Senior Member

    London
    UK English (& rusty French…)
    I agree with Cagey's suggestion and Cyco's "to the word". I suggest also: he takes his boss' orders, complying with them precisely and with utmost care.
     

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