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literally

adverb uk   /ˈlɪt.ər.əl.i/ /-rə.li/ us    /ˈlɪt̬.ɚ.əl.i/
B2 using the real or original meaning of a word or phrase: They were responsible for literally millions of deaths. We live literally just round the corner from her. You'll lose marks if you translate too literally (= one word at a time). If you translate literally, you translate each word in a text separately, without looking at how the words are used together in a phrase or sentence: Translations that are done too literally often don't flow well or don't sound natural. informal used to emphasize what you are saying: He missed that kick literally by miles. I was literally bowled over by the news. informal simply or just: Then you literally cut the sausage down the middle.
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