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literally
used in Turtles All the Way Down

9 uses
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Definition
actually true using the basic meaning of the words (not an exaggeration, metaphor, or other type of figurative speech)
  • ....but you're actually thinking about how cows literally could not survive if it weren't for the bacteria in their guts, and...
    p. 42.6
literally = actually (not an exaggeration)
  • Once I start thinking about splitting the skin apart, I literally cannot not do it.
    p. 6.2
  • literally = actually (not an exaggeration)
  •   "You don't have C. cliff:"
      I nodded, but she wasn't a gastroenterologist, and anyway, I literally knew more about C. diff than she did.
    p. 91.2
  • literally = actually (not an exaggeration)
  • "There is literally no such thing," she answered.
    p. 115.3
  • literally = actually (not an exaggeration)
  • I smiled—it was an inside joke that literally no one else would get.
    p. 136.9
  • literally = actually (not an exaggeration)
  • Just how his tongue has its own particular microbiome and once he sticks his tongue in my mouth his bacteria become part of my microbiome for literally the rest of my life.
    p. 164.2
  • literally = actually (not an exaggeration)
  • Her mouth literally moved with each line of dialogue.
    p. 198.3
  • literally = actually (not an exaggeration)
  • But it's not even about dying, really—like, if I knew I was dying, and I kissed you good-bye, literally my last thought wouldn't be about the fact that I was dying; it would be about the eighty million microbes that we'd just exchanged.
    p. 253.1
  • literally = actually (not an exaggeration)
  • Like, literally underground.
    p. 256.1
literally = actually (not an exaggeration)
There are no more uses of "literally" in Turtles All the Way Down.

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