1. nonce-uses. a. By the letters (of a name). b. In letters or literature. Obs.
2. a. With reference to a report, translation, etc.: In the very words, word for word.
b. transf. With exact fidelity of representation.
3. a. In the literal sense. b. Used to indicate that the following word or phrase must be taken in its literal sense.
Now often improperly used to indicate that some conventional metaphorical or hyperbolical phrase is to be taken in the strongest admissible sense. (So, e.g., in quot. 1863.)
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