If you say that someone keeps to the letter of the law , you mean that they act according to what is actually written in the law, rather than according to the general principles of it, especially when you disapprove of this.

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what is actually written in the law, rather than the moral principles on which it is based. You usually use this expression to show disapproval.
He was following the letter of the law and did not have the big screens to refer tobecause they were not working.

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