strictly to the letter

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In 2012, Jewish Week said after visiting the schools: "When it comes to church-state separation, these schools adhere strictly to the letter of the law.
Well, OK - except this is an organization that routinely adheres strictly to the letter of the law, no matter how deserving a student-athlete's case.
For if the Irish authorities act strictly to the letter of the law there will be no Guinness sponsored All-Ireland hurling championship on TV - at least until after 10pm.
Nonplussed ITV summariser David Pleat moaned: "He's refereeing it too strictly to the letter of the law.
The OFT is sticking strictly to the letter of Stephen Byers' instructions when he published the Competition Commission report on supermarket profitability.