Definition of in the concrete in English:

in the concrete

phrase

formal
  • In reality or in practice.

    ‘the difference between war in the abstract and war in the concrete’
    • ‘Even in the crucible of war, we have discovered that our worst critics love us in the concrete as much as they hate us in the abstract.’
    • ‘Maybe they've lost the capacity to see these lives in the concrete, as individuals, irreplaceable.’
    • ‘Use the hardness of the aggregates in the concrete, and regularly consult your supplier, to guide your decision about the right diamond product to use.’
    • ‘But there is no reason why exegesis in the concrete should be considered apart from a theological reading.’
    • ‘Kiarostami's films are always rooted in the concrete, in specific characters, places, objects.’