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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
  • He must then take up his real life at its roots and "acquire merit."

  • 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.

  • But sometimes, after all, the story books are like real life.

    A Little Miss Nobody Amy Bell Marlowe
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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