figuratively figuratively  /fɪ� ˈ�jʊ rə tɪv li/


  • (adv) in a figurative sense


  1. I went home with Michael the night we met, and figuratively speaking, I didn't leave again for those 7 12 years.
  2. If you want documentary realism, the Wachowskis figuratively say, go rent a Ken Burns movie.
  3. With gas already at $4 a gallon and still rising, says Robert Baer, the Bush Administration can't afford to attack Iran figuratively and literally.


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    Please login to view the requested resource. TIMBERVILLE — Work to replace portions of the town’s aging infrastructure figuratively hit a wall this week when contractors struck bedrock along the path destined for new sewer lines.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Harrisonburg Daily News-Record

  2. Under the Tent: Taking it in

    A smoking hot (literally and figuratively) Friday at the Food & Wine Classic gives way to Saturday, the hump day. Since I spent the majority of my time imbibing Friday, I think I’ll focus on food today.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Aspen Times

  3. Clinton and Christie: Another Bipartisan Bro-mance

    What is it with Chris Christie and Democratic presidents? First, the Republican governor from New Jersey surprised his party by embracing – both figuratively and literally – Barack Obama. Now, Christie's headlining the closing ceremonies of Bill Clinton's annual international forum in Chicago. Sources close to both Clinton and Christie said today's session – called "Cooperation and Collaboration ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: ABC News


  1. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that Olsen "was a larger-than-life person, literally and figuratively, and leaves an enormously positive legacy."
    on Mar 11, 2010 By: Roger Goodell Source: USA Today

  2. "The American people are looking for us as Democrats," said Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "They're looking for someone literally, not figuratively, to restore America's place in the world."
    on Apr 27, 2007 By: Joe Biden Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "You know there's going to be ups and downs," Gary Matthews Jr. said after the Angels sixth loss in seven games. "It seems like when it rains it pours, figuratively and literally."
    on Apr 16, 2007 By: Gary Matthews Jr Source: Forbes

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tangible tangible
/ˈtæn dʒə bəl /