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real-life

[ ree-uhl-lahyf, reel- ]
/ ˈri əlˌlaɪf, ˈril- /
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adjective

existing or happening in reality: real-life drama.

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Origin of real-life

First recorded in 1830–40
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real life

noun

  1. actual human life, as lived by real people, esp contrasted with the lives of fictional or fantasy charactersmiracles don't happen in real life
  2. (as modifier)a real-life mystery
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