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literal -- as in: in the most literal sense
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Nicholas Nickleby
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  • ’Lift him out,’ said Squeers, after he had literally feasted his eyes, in silence, upon the culprit.
  • ’Only a dozen and eight, love,’ replied Miss Price, affecting to take the question in a literal sense.
  • ’I only ask of him,’ continued Kate, whose tears fell while she spoke, ’that he will move so little out of his way, in my behalf, as to enable me by his recommendation—only by his recommendation—to earn, literally, my bread and remain with my mother.
  • Mr Lillyvick left his chair, walked straight up to the other end of the table, and fell upon him—literally fell upon him—instantaneously.
  • ’Gender,’ suggested Mr Squeers, regarding the spectators with a malevolent eye—literally A malevolent eye.
  • Poor Noggs literally gasped for breath as this flood of questions rushed upon him, and moved spasmodically in his chair at every fresh inquiry, staring at Nicholas meanwhile with a most ludicrous expression of perplexity.
  • Mrs Squeers, when excited, was accustomed to use strong language, and, moreover, to make use of a plurality of epithets, some of which were of a figurative kind, as the word peacock, and furthermore the allusion to Nicholas’s nose, which was not intended to be taken in its literal sense, but rather to bear a latitude of construction according to the fancy of the hearers.
  • ’Away!’ was the first word he could utter as he literally gnashed his teeth.
  • Take care of that, Slider, literally for God’s sake.
  • His looks were very haggard, and his limbs and body literally worn to the bone, but there was something of the old fire in the large sunken eye notwithstanding, and it seemed to kindle afresh as he struck a thick stick, with which he seemed to have supported himself in his seat, impatiently on the floor twice or thrice, and called his daughter by her name.

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  • She thinks the creation story in the Bible is a literal description; while he thinks it is poetic.
  • The computer has no common sense. It will interpret everything you tell it literally.

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