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English definition of “in the raw”

in the raw

informal naked : They sunbathed in the raw.Not wearing or removing clothes in a plain and honest way, with nothing hidden : The film really showed you prison life in the raw.Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendly
(Definition of in the raw from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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