Origin of figurative
Examples from the Web for figuratively
Once a pampered princeling, Yarvi cannot single-handedly succeed (literally or figuratively) and so must become a leader.
The poor—literally and figuratively—Wheel of Fortune contestant managed to produce three epic fails in a single episode.Taylor Swift’s Surprise, Comic Flight Attendant, and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He repeated the same trick later on in his speech, starting a riff with "Take Obamacare—not literally, but figuratively."Paul Ryan: Democrats Offer Americans a ‘Full Stomach and an Empty Soul’|Olivia Nuzzi|March 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What are we gonna do with literally—not figuratively—a ton of cocaine?‘Archer,’ the Hilarious Animated Spy Series, Reinvents Itself|Marlow Stern|January 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ergo, we should call him Scottie in da club because he is figuratively beaming himself up by smoking a blunt in da club.R. Kelly’s Craziest Lyrics From ‘Black Panties,’ Analyzed|Chancellor Agard|December 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Herd-boy, who is only figuratively speaking a herd-boy, is like the friend who is no real friend.
The Roman empire, nominally holy, figuratively still exists.The Lords of the Ghostland|Edgar Saltus
On my return, I found the river-town, figuratively speaking, on fire.The Wild Huntress|Mayne Reid
He had even gone to see his old brother, and come back, figuratively speaking, with a finger in his mouth.As We Sweep Through The Deep|Gordon Stables
He figuratively spat upon the proprieties, and Milly was bewildered.One Woman's Life|Robert Herrick