One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to emphasize the existence of something, especially if it is surprising or unusual.‘a real live detective had been at the factory’
- ‘Their problems are more complicated than hunger or lack of shelter, and that means they need real live people helping them out.’
- ‘I believe this is where real live performers steal the show.’
- ‘So read books or listen to books or watch TV or listen to music or walk around in silence or have a conversation with some real live people.’
- ‘Have I ever shared with you my actual fear of real live trains?’
- ‘After three years I am actually taking a real live vacation where I pack a suitcase, get on a plane, and sleep in a hotel.’
- ‘Your job is to, once you have been presented with a real live child, help encourage that child's interest in the best way that you can.’
- ‘He had the advantage of hearing some actual real live witnesses, I gather?’
- ‘I think there is a real live monkey living in my computer and he messes with my head by dealing me hands that cannot be won.’
- ‘Yes, a real live tug-of-war; just like the times of old, when merely killing the odd dragon here and there wasn't enough to prove your strength.’
- ‘The fire alarm went off, and we thought it was a real live fire.’
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