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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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  • He shut out the real world and he forgot it—until the fit was past.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • With hocus-pocus like that no dog is lured from the stove in the real world.

    Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit) Frank Wedekind
  • But it is an ocean utterly different from what we have in the real world.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • To Bettina, emotionally tense, the real world had disappeared.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • But the world, Auberon, the real world, is not run on these hobbies.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill Gilbert K. Chesterton

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