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I saw this commented on reddit, and I can't understand the phrase. Is it metaphorical or literal?

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It means: do not try to catch a falling knife, you will cut yourself.
In a reflex, people actually try this.

And yes, it is also used metaphorically, e.g. in finance/investing relating to falling stocks.

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