real thing


Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.real thing - informal usage attributing authenticity
authenticity, genuineness, legitimacy - undisputed credibility
References in classic literature ?
Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
Miss Schlegel, the real thing's money and all the rest is a dream."
After wearying one's self with the acres of stuffy, sappy, expressionless babies that populate the canvases of the Old Masters of Italy, it is refreshing to stand before this peerless child and feel that thrill which tells you you are at last in the presence of the real thing. This is a human child, this is genuine.
Weston's ball was to be a real thing. A very few tomorrows stood between the young people of Highbury and happiness.
"But this is no time for thinking: now I am in for the real thing," I thought, and my heart sank.
I had made a pipe a while back, and also some pretty fair tobacco; not the real thing, but what some of the Indians use: the inside bark of the willow, dried.
You've tricked something out with your imagination that you think love, and you expect the real thing to look like that.
"They are all like that," Geraldine whispered "when they've been face to face with the real thing. And we are only women, Olive."
'Well, it was because he did not know what the real thing was,' he thought, concerning that Vasili Brekhunov.
All my old dreams of home life were absurd, not the real thing," he told himself.
Trix turned red; but before she could load and fire again, Emma Davenport, who labored under the delusion that this sort of skirmishing was ill-natured, and therefore ill-bred, spoke up in her pleasant way, "Speaking of pitying the poor, I always wonder why it is that we all like to read and cry over their troubles in books, but when we have the real thing before us, we think it is uninteresting and disagreeable."
In reality they all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world, where the real thing was never said or done or even thought, but only represented by a set of arbitrary signs; as when Mrs.