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literally

informal Figuratively. (Opposite to the actual meaning of "literally," it is used to add hyperbolic emphasis to some statement.) I'm so hungry, I could literally eat a horse right now. We have literally been waiting an eternity for you to get here. What took you so long?

literally

mod. figuratively; absolutely. (Literally is frequently used colloquially for emphasis and not with its literal meaning.) When I saw him I literally died! There were literally thousands at our house for the Super Bowl. The flu was so bad that I literally coughed my head off.
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Literally media manages a collection of humour and entertainment websites to create a content platform for the Millennial and Generation Z audiences.
Another user, Indecision (@indecision) Literally RT @justinjm1 wrote: "731 people have died playing the Biden drinking game tonight.
One day on the 2008 campaign trail Hillary Clinton declared of her loyal supporters, "We had 300 people outside, literally freezing to death.
Literally is a brilliant word for the co-commentator.
Even though everyone--that's everyone--interprets and picks and chooses from the material available to them and decides what to take literally and what not to take literally, when we refer to right-wingers as literalists, we have conceded that we are interpreters but they are the ones who understand it.
A tart," I said, "or indeed any other sort of cake, cannot literally dance.
bar] SIR - Mr Edmunds of Pontnewydd questions why the political elite taKe things on history literally and he offensively claims that this means they have Asperger's syndrome (Letters, Nov 5).
If I'm going to use 'literally' in the way that Gok or Jamie use it, I might as well tell you that I literally put on my clothes this morning or when I finish writing this, I might literally go home.
Many of the books burnt in Kamenetz's book are, of course, literally ignited (like the work of Franz Kafka).
About one-third of the American adult population believes the Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally word for word, a new Gallup poll reveals.
The fact of the matter is that if this were a truly dangerous release of a highly toxic substance (either intentionally or accidentally caused) literally tens of thousands of New Yorkers may have been severely injured or killed.
Even when we say "there's a church on every corner," we obviously don't mean it literally.
I have literally, I mean figuratively, taken on board your comments sir and invite you to keep an eye (not literally of course) on my future ramblings.
In fact, we have trained literally thousands of individuals from over a hundred countries now in terms of supporting our strategies forward and making those people better able, better capable to deal with the circumstances as they find them on their home turf.