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fourth wall

[ fawrth-wawl ]
/ ˈfɔrθ ˈwɔl /
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noun
the imaginary, invisible wall, as across the front of a stage, that separates the world constructed by a play, movie, television show, video game, or literary work from the actual world inhabited by the audience.
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Idioms about fourth wall

    break the fourth wall, to violate the conventional separation between the world of a play, movie, television show, video game, or literary work and the world inhabited by the viewer:The actor’s periodic asides to the audience break the fourth wall and elicit much-needed laughs.

Origin of fourth wall

First recorded in 1800–10
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