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    literal to a fault

    Even the heavens wept. As Donald Trump stepped forward to become the 45th US president the cold shower that broke over Washington offered no end of metaphors. His address, however, was literal to a fault. It is the Guardian newspaper.

    What does the underlined sentence mean?

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    Re: literal to a fault

    I am not a teacher.

    to a fault = to an excessive degree (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

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    Re: literal to a fault

    Thanks for your help.

    So what does "literal" mean here? Does it mean that the address is lacking in imagination?

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    Re: literal to a fault

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Thanks for your help.

    So what does "literal" mean here? Does it mean that the address is lacking in imagination?
    Yes. The writer feels the speech expressed specific, concrete ideas, to the exclusion of the general aspirations he or she would have hoped to hear.
    I am not a teacher.

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