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English definition of “the real world”

the real world

noun [S]    
the set of situations most humans have to deal with in their lives , rather than what happens in stories , films , etc.: Christine, the play's main character , wouldn't last a minute in the real world . [before noun] real-world situations / experiences Reality and truth
(Definition of the real world noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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