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Literally schoolboy

Literally that was schoolboy defending

Listener, BBC Radio Solent, referring to Ipswich going behind to Rotherham
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He would be literally exploding

If a certain person [Jeff Stelling] was still sat here he would be literally exploding at the moment

Simon Thomas on Soccer Saturday, referring to the Wealdstone v Hartlepool game
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Literally standing on the shoulders of giants

Quite literally standing on the shoulders of the (gentlest) giants to get here!

Birding “marathon” in Pune, India
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Literally on one foot

Tripathi has to come in, literally on one foot

Harsha Bhogle, commentating on the IPL final between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders
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Literally on their knees

Leeds are playing against a team [Southampton] who are literally on their knees

Don Goodman, Sky Sports
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Literally melted

She started singing this song and my heart literally melted

Listener to Michael Ball, BBC Radio 2
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Literally flying out

Have you got any chicken and ham pies?

No, I’m sorry, they’ve literally been flying out

Sales assistant, Turner’s Pies
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Literally tore to shreds

They [Southampton] literally tore Arsenal to shreds there

Steve Sidwell, BBC Radio 5 Live
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Literally caught napping

The Brentford defence were literally caught napping in the afternoon sun

David Ljunggren
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Literally singlehandedly

Suryakumar is literally singlehandedly keeping India in the contest

Ravi Shastri (probably)
England v India, T20 International

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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