Got Your (or someone’s) Number

Also: Have someone’s number Meaning of Idiom ‘Got Your (or someone’s) Number When you have got someone’s number, it means they know your true character or intentions and thereby have an advantage. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage Although this idiom is … Read more

By the Numbers

Also: By Numbers (UK) Paint by numbers Meaning of Idiom ‘By the Numbers’ When something is done by the numbers it is done in a precise and orderly sequence that is already determined. The idiom alludes to doing things by rote, or mechanically, according to a laid-out plan, without any thought or creativity; following exact rules. 1Ammer, Christine. American … Read more