One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In its true state; in a starkly realistic way.‘he didn't much care for nature in the raw’
- ‘For nature in the raw, push inland to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.’
- ‘Nothing is staged, nothing is acted, life is shown in the raw, like it really is.’
- ‘Like mud, diamonds - which look like dull pebbles in the raw state, and only reveal their beauty when cut and polished - attracted very little attention when first discovered by early man.’
- ‘It's a moment of open savagery, nature in the raw.’
- ‘Those of us who can't or won't brave nature in the raw should never underestimate the power of the local swimming pool, in providing that vital link with our ancestral past.’
- ‘I switched off the telly and settled down to what I thought would be half an hour of savage nature in the raw!’
- ‘She told us very early on that we were all diamonds in the raw and that we needed refining.’
- ‘Experiencing nature in the raw can gave us all a better sense of perspective.’
- ‘He was the sole doctor for several hundred square miles and experienced all forms of medicine in the raw.’
- ‘Such wild areas, like the Lake District and the Scottish Highlands, far from being examples of nature in the raw, were the products of a high level of human intervention and invention.’
2informal Naked.‘I slept in the raw’naked, nude, bare, in the nude, stark naked, with nothing on, stripped, unclothed, undressed, uncovered, in a state of nature, disrobed, unclad, undraped, exposedView synonyms
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