obéir au doigt et à l’oeil

The French expression “obéir au doigt et à l’oeil” translates literally “to obey to the finger and eye”.

English meanings:

  • to do exactly what you’re told
  • to obey somebody to the letter
  • to toe the line

French meanings:

  • être obéi avec précision – Lit: to be obeyed with precision
  • obéir au moindre geste – Lit: to obey with the least movement

Example sentence:

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  • Le député du président lui obéit au doigt et à l’oeil: c’est un béni-oui-oui qui n’exprime jamais sa vraie opinion. The president’s deputy does exactly what he’s told. He’s a yes-man who never expresses his true opinion.

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