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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LITERALLY

And in the fulness of time it literally with us so came about.

Rank after rank in succession appeared: literally thousands.

I wish it understood, that this is literally my own story, logged by my old shipmate.

In this way it might be literally possible 'to hear a shadow fall athwart the stillness.'

As to your guess, if I answered it literally, I should answer no.

He was just in time to save them, literally, from starvation.

He is, as Swinburne says, helmsman and chief: he is literally the Man at the Wheel.

The "Banks of Dee" is, you know, literally "Langolee" to slow time.

Would you believe that I have literally given it for a song?

Any object may be proportioned out (literally, measured) in a similar way.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "in a literal sense," from literal + -ly (2). Erroneously used in reference to metaphors, hyperbole, etc., even by writers like Dryden and Pope, to indicate "what follows must be taken in the strongest admissible sense" (1680s), which is opposite to the word's real meaning and a long step down the path to the modern misuse of it.

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