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real world

[ree-uh l, reel] /ˈri əl, ril/
noun
1.
the realm of practical or actual experience, as opposed to the abstract, theoretical, or idealized sphere of the classroom, laboratory, etc.:
recent college graduates looking for jobs in the real world of rising unemployment.
Origin of real world
1960-1965
First recorded in 1960-65
Related forms
real-world, adjective
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  • She had only felt things which had nothing to do with the real world.

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Yes; I know why the real world has ever seemed to me so false and cold.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • His energy is too often deflected toward fictitious goals located outside of the real world.

    Psychoanalysis Andr Tridon
  • But it is an ocean utterly different from what we have in the real world.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Then for a long while the vague waters, then for a long while a little vague land or spirit-of-planet before a real world.

    Crowds Gerald Stanley Lee

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