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[ree-uh l-lahyf, reel-] /ˈri əlˌlaɪf, ˈril-/
existing or happening in reality:
real-life drama.
Origin of real-life
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I fancy there are many such stories in real life which will never get told.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Yet lovers in real life are, so far as I have observed them, bores.

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
  • But in real life, with a real man, it was the other way round.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • It seemed as if this were mere play-acting, and not real life at all.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • But the Rosa of his dreams was by far more perfect than the Rosa of real life.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
British Dictionary definitions for real life

real life

  1. actual human life, as lived by real people, esp contrasted with the lives of fictional or fantasy characters: miracles don't happen in real life
  2. (as modifier): a real-life mystery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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