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slice-of-life (SLYS ov LYF) noun

Realistic portrayal of life, especially everyday life, in a book, movie, etc.

[Translation of French tranche de la vie, coined by playwright Jean Jullien (1854-1919).]

"'The Accident' is a slice-of-life account of a fatal bicycle accident that turns into a heavy-handed literary sermon on the workings of fate, and the relationship between life's raw material and artistic creation." Julia Lovell; Shrink to Fit; The Guardian (London, UK); May 15, 2004.

"An ambitious TV producer (Tom O'Sullivan) is trying to make an in-the-streets slice of life with hard-boiled detective Jerry, who winds up on the paths of all of the criminals." Jeff Farance; 'Intermission' Breaks Out in Poetry, Robbery; Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida) Apr 30, 2004.

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