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.
By-the-numbers Sentence Examples
We in Britain and America usually cite by the numbers of the book, the title and the paragraph, without referring to the initial words.
Yes it 's just another by the numbers thriller with no new twists.
I feel humbled by the numbers and unworthy of the attention.
While size is a general gauge, you may find that you wear a different size shoe depending on the style, so going strictly by the numbers won't always provide you with the proper-fitting shoe.