“Men think women are up for grabs, literally and figuratively,” said one French writer.
The Duke and Duchess of Digging Will and Kate got their hands dirty, figuratively speaking, during their stop in Ottawa.
What are we gonna do with literally—not figuratively—a ton of cocaine?
Ergo, we should call him Scottie in da club because he is figuratively beaming himself up by smoking a blunt in da club.
A year ago, agent John Ferriter was almost dead (his heart stopped for three minutes) and figuratively dead (he was fired).
Not figuratively foreshowing, I hope, by its submersion, the fate of all the rest.
figuratively speaking, this was the state of affairs with Jim's house.
Fenwick figuratively threw away the textbook the first time the professor's back was turned.
To mend the sail on the yard; figuratively, to goad or remind forcibly.
So, with gathered forces, with flashing eyes and voice that rang like a trumpet, he figuratively fired the powder train.
late 14c., from Old French figuratif "metaphorical," from Late Latin figurativus, from figurat-, past participle stem of figurare "to form, shape," from figura "a shape, form, figure" (see figure (n.)). Of speech, language, etc., "involving figures of speech," from 1845. Related: Figuratively.