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[ree-uh l-lahyf, reel-] /ˈri əlˌlaɪf, ˈril-/
existing or happening in reality:
real-life drama.
Origin of real-life
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But in real life deep emotion is silent—I have always found it so.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • I fancy there are many such stories in real life which will never get told.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • But no matter for that; the spectator at a play is more entertained than the actor; and in real life it is much the same.

  • Yet lovers in real life are, so far as I have observed them, bores.

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
  • Such pictures are utterly wrong; so much we may discover to be absolutely sure from the scant record of Boones real life.

    The Way to the West Emerson Hough
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
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