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English definition of “the real thing”

the real thing

noun [S]    
the original, best, or most typical example of something: It's a synthetic material that looks like the real thing.Reality and truth
(Definition of the real thing noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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