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literal -- as in: in the most literal sense
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Franny and Zooey
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  • FRANNY literally jumped.
  • The idea being that if you call out the name long enough and regularly enough and literally from the heart, sooner or later you’ll get an answer.
  • A cordon of waist-high bookcases lined three walls, their shelves cram-jammed and literally sagging with books—children’s books, textbooks, second-hand books, Book Club books, plus an even more heterogeneous overflow from less communal "annexes" of the apartment.
  • It sounded to her cavilling and bitchy, and she felt a wave of self-hatred that, quite literally, made her forehead begin to perspire again.

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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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