What could be a good and appropriate synonym for idiomatically? I want to use it in phrase " both literally and the synonym"


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I think the word you're looking for is figuratively.

of the nature of or involving a figure of speech, especially a metaphor; metaphorical and not literal: The word “head” has several figurative senses, as in “She's the head of the company.” Synonyms: metaphorical, not literal, symbolic.


  • "that I be kickin' asses all around, both literally and figuratively" . Is this correct?
    – Quark
    Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 20:00
  • @Quark - yes that sentence makes sense, and uses the term in a normal way. Any English person will understand that you're both beating your opponents in a contest and also physically striking their bottoms with your feet.
    – Charon
    Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 20:04

both literally and linguistically correct; There is no real synonym for idiomatically

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