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literally
used in The Hunger Games

2 meanings, 5 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
literally--not figuratively
Definition
actually true using the basic meaning of the words (not an exaggeration, metaphor, or other type of figurative speech)
  • He tosses his fork over his shoulder and literally licks his plate clean with his tongue making loud, satisfied sounds.
    p. 312.5
literally = actually (not an exaggeration)
  • One year, a girl dropped her token, a small wooden ball, while she was at her plate, and they literally had to scrape bits of her off the ground.
    p. 219.8
literally = actually (not an exaggeration)
There are no more uses of "literally" flagged with this meaning in The Hunger Games.

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2  —3 uses as in:
literally at death's door
Definition
an intensifier (to intensify what is said — especially a metaphor)
  • The longer the interview goes on, the more my fury seems to rise to the surface, until I'm literally spitting out answers at him.
    p. 117.5
literally = an intensifier (to intensify what is said)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • As I glance around, I notice a lot of the other tributes are shooting us dirty looks, which confirms what I've suspected, we've literally outshone them all.
    p. 72.2
  • literally = an intensifier (to intensify what is said)
  • I have literally just dragged myself into the tangle of bushes at the base of the trees when there's Cato, barreling onto the plain, soon followed by his companions.
    p. 223.9
literally = an intensifier (to intensify what is said)
There are no more uses of "literally" flagged with this meaning in The Hunger Games.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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