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adjective     literal pronunciation in British English

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    the literal meaning of a word is its most basic meaning

    He is clearly not using the worddead’ in its literal sense.

    See also figurative
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    understanding words or ideas only in a basic and obvious way, and not their hidden or more unusual meanings

    Young children can be very literal.


mic drop

the action of deliberately dropping your microphone at the end of a speech or performance to show you think it was so good that nothing better could follow it

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moving with rhythm, together as one

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