in the wild


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in the wild

Something still in use. For example, "audio formats in the wild" means all the audio file formats that are still in current use.

Viruses in the Wild
The phrase often refers to viruses that have not been contained. Although tens of thousands of viruses have been unleashed, most of them have been eradicated and exist only in computer labs for research purposes. However, at any given time, there may be a couple hundred viruses that are still "in the wild," contaminating computer systems of unsuspecting users. For more information, visit The WildList Organization International at www.wildlist.org.
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While snakes may not be showing up Antelope Valley yards, park officials say there are definitely more in the wild.
With a range of up to 150 miles a day, it's virtually impossible to prevent contact with humans in the wild, Clenenden said.
A lot of people are fascinated by his ability to live in the wilds of the Utah Mountains for 10 years.