a word-for-word translation
- A word for word translation is not natural to some degree.
- A word for word translation will never give the full meaning and flavor of this passage.
- What he said was a word for word translation from Chinese, but even if he had phrased his idea more idiomatically, you still would have misunderstood him.
- His superior put in a word for him justly and he got the job.
- I will read the novel word for word.