By-the-numbers meaning

(idiomatic) Done in a predictable manner; formulaic.
adjective
1
0
(idiomatic) To do something exactly, precisely, or in a formulaic way.
prepositional phrase
0
0
Advertisement

Origin of by-the-numbers

  • The origin of this phrase goes back to the American Revolutionary War where a book containing numbered positions for rifle and bayonet practice was used to train soldiers. In the book, each diagram was numbered.

    From Wiktionary