the real thing


: something that is genuine and not a copy or imitation : something that is truly valuable or important
The diamond turned out to be the real thing.
You've done very well in your training. Let's just hope you're ready for the real thing.

Examples of the real thing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Master brewers have been working on formulas to try to replicate the taste and texture of the real thing. Jason Ma, Fortune Europe, 2 June 2024 Mam bottles also feature a longer nipple shape intended to better imitate the real thing. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 16 May 2024 Any facsimile could never come close to the real thing, in all of its beauty and horror. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 Audiences will always be able to spot whether a performance is the real thing or not. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2024 Today, Kim and his Gusto cofounders CEO Josh Reeves and CPO Tomer London are very much doing the real thing. Allie Garfinkle, Fortune, 10 May 2024 But perhaps even worse than this, the disconnect, however slight, that initial 50 milliseconds has on the driving experience is detectable by the brain, which is one of the main reasons why driving a racing sim, while certainly entertaining, normally doesn’t ever come close to the real thing. Jeremy White, WIRED, 9 May 2024 But a Hollywood blockbuster set decades in the future is no comparison to the real thing – even if it was directed by Christopher Nolan. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 7 May 2024 Falling somewhere between tribute act and distinct musical entity, the blurred line has made Jakob increasingly uneasy, particularly as fans began to mistake this outfit for the real thing. Jordan Runtagh, Peoplemag, 13 Apr. 2024

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“The real thing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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