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.
References in classic literature ?
Hence the supposed aboriginal stocks must either still exist in the countries where they were originally domesticated, and yet be unknown to ornithologists; and this, considering their size, habits, and remarkable characters, seems very improbable; or they must have become extinct in the wild state.
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.