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Definition of "real thing" []

  • Informal usage attributing authenticity (noun)

WordNet. Princeton University. 2010.

Use "real thing" in a sentence
  • "So these boys got their lesson even earlier in life than I got mine -- that the church was a kind of amiable fake, a pious horn-blowing; while the real thing was Tammany."
  • "They may spell words in ways that look pretty close to the real thing but are unpronounceable or mispronounceable as spelled."
  • "The Gormer milieu represented a social out-skirt which Lily had alwavs fastidiously avoided; but it struck her, now that she was in it, as only a flamboyant copy of her own world, a caricature approximating the real thing as the “society play” approaches the manners of the drawing-room."