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Literally dodging bullets

He [Cheteshwar Pujara] was literally dodging bullets

Isa Guha, talking about him batting against Australia’s fast bowlers
BBC Test Match Special
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Literally tearing his hair out

He [Shane Warne] will be literally tearing his hair out

Kevin Pietersen
The Hundred, Sky Sports
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Literally stick his ear in

He’d literally come round and stick his ear in every kid’s mouth

Tony Hadley, talking about his school music teacher
BBC Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday
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Literally skipped a beat

My heart literally skipped a beat

Listener to Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2
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Literally floating on air

I was literally floating on air

Chris Packham whilst taking about watching Kestrels
BBC One: The Walk That Made Me
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Literally a brick wall

Georginio Wijnaldum absolutely thumps it on the volley from just inside the box and the keeper—Georgi Bushchan again—reacts to palm it away! He’s literally a brick wall.

BBC Sport Livestream

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Literally can’t live with him

They literally can’t live with him anymore

Darren Bent, commenting on Burnley’s defence trying to stop Leeds’s Rodrigo
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Literally climb up the charts

We were watching the record literally climb up the charts

Paul Carrack
BBC Radio 2 Sounds of the 70s
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Literally land on a sixpence

[Kevin De Bruyne] literally has to land it on a sixpence

Gary Neville, commentating on EFL Carabao Cup Final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur
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These pigs are literally hoovering the forest floor

These pigs are literally hoovering the forest floor

Fred Sirieix, Chef
Describing pigs foraging for acorns in the New Forest
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Your head would literally explode

If your brain took in everything at equal value, your head would literally explode off your shoulders!

Mel Robbins, “Motivational Speaker”.
(That doesn’t especially motivate me though.)
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Literally bounced and bulldozed

Krunal Pandya has literally bounced and bulldozed his way back into the Indian team

Dinesh Karthik, Sky TV, India v England ODI
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He literally can’t buy a run

He [KL Rahul] suddenly goes through these periods when he literally can’t buy a run.

Nasser Hussain, Sky TV, India v England T20
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Literally wiped out

The vulture population was literally wiped out

Facebook post
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Literally running them ragged

They [Spurs] are literally running them ragged

Ian Wright, Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley
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Literally pinpoint accuracy

Sensational pass to pick someone out, literally pinpoint accuracy

Andy Townsend, Manchester City v West Ham
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Literally eating us out of house and home

They [the birds] go through the food so quickly—literally eating us out of house and home

Dr Mya-Rose Craig “Birdgirl”, The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show with Alan Carr, BBC Radio 2
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The country was literally split in two

The country was literally split in two by the EU referendum

Jon Danzig, Journalist
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Literally standing on the shoulders of giants

When you appear on stage at the London Palladium you’re literally standing on the shoulders of giants

Joe Pasquale, TV tribute programme for the late Des O’Connor
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Literally take the game out of their pocket

It got the Kings XI literally to take the game out of the Sunrisers’ pocket

Lisa Sthalekar, Kings XI Punjab v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL