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figurative

adjective allegoric, allegorical, anagogic, anagogical, depictive, descriptive, emblematic, emblematical, evidential, exhibitive, expressive, figural, illustrative, imitative, implicative, indicatory, metaphoric, metaphorical, pictographic, pictorial, portraying, representational, representative, satirical, simulative, standing for, suggestive, symbolic, symbolical, symbolizing, symptomatic, typical, vivid
See also: representative
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I've done enough for it to give me the indisputable right to lay it, if I choose, for an everlast- ing rest in the dust-bin of progress, amongst all the sweepings and, figuratively speaking, all the dead cats of civilization.
To express myself less figuratively, he determined to go to sea.
That Pollyanna had taken the skeleton literally instead of figuratively, she knew very well; but, perversely, she refrained from correcting the mistake.
Anybody can see that between the last paragraph of "An Outcast" and the first of "The Lagoon" there has been no change of pen, figuratively speaking.
The man, figuratively speaking, flung himself on my breast.
I know it, and lend me your ear--not literally, friend," observing Paul to start and look surprised, "but figuratively, through its functions, and you shall hear.
If Mr Quilp spoke figuratively, and meant to imply that the air breathed by Miss Sally Brass was sweetened and rarefied by that dainty creature, he had doubtless good reason for what he said.
But he has a long way to go to be another John Henry, figuratively and geographically.
This was meant figuratively, it was not mean literally," replied his spin doctor.
WITH reference to the letter headlined "You mean figuratively Paul, not literally (Voice of the North, November 18), I would like to make the following response.
Far more seriously, the figuratively ticking bomb argument is simply bullshit in terms of straightforward ethics.
How often do you at least figuratively crumple your copy paper, toss it into the circular file, sigh and begin anew?