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literal -- as in: in the most literal sense
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Atlas Shrugged
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  • She had forgotten the literal shape and usage of horsepower; she did not like to see its return.
  • Lillian drifted away from him, as if letting him understand that she did not insist upon his literal attendance.
  • If you want to defeat any kind of vicious fraud-comply with it literally, adding nothing of your own to disguise its nature.
  • Literally.
  • Did you call me the destroyer and the hunter of men? I was the walking delegate of this strike, the leader of the victims’ rebellion, the defender of the oppressed, the disinherited, the exploited-and when I use these words, they have, for once, a literal meaning.
  • Literally.
  • When she faced him at the table, when she saw the earnest, questioning directness of his eyes and the severely literal simplicity of his words, she dropped all attempts at casual prodding, she told him what she wanted to know and why, briefly, impersonally, not appealing for help or for pity, only for truth.
  • I won’t hold you to it," said Galt, and she felt anger at the tone of his voice, a tone that granted her no hidden significance and answered nothing but the literal meaning of her words.
  • Well, I gave those bitches what they wanted-but what they literally wanted, without the pretense that they expected, the pretense that hides from Them the nature of their wish.

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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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