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    In the rough realm of local politics

    Dear teachers,

    What is the meaning of above title?
    Thank you.

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    Re: In the rough realm of local politics

    In what context did you read this sentence fragment? How did the sentence end?

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    Re: In the rough realm of local politics

    It was taken from a book called Sticks and Stones by Emily Bazelon:
    "In the rough realm of local politics, though, Frechette was having a particularly bruising year. He a blowout with Mayor Sebastian Giuliano that culminated in a spectacular standoff with the police, who occupied the school district building and locked it down for more than a week because of unproven accusations of document shredding there."

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    Re: In the rough realm of local politics

    Thank you. You've missed a word out between 'He' and 'a' — probably 'had'.

    Which particular word or words do you not understand, having consulted dictionaries?

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    Re: In the rough realm of local politics

    That sounds like a novel. "Rough realm" has no fixed or idiomatic meaning. It means what it appears to mean. Politics occur within a social realm (sphere, area, arena, etc.) and that realm is rough (the specific meaning of which you can infer from the context).
    'Of' means 'pertaining to' - it pertains to all local politics. There is no separate 'smooth' realm in local politics that is not being talked about.

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    Re: In the rough realm of local politics

    The sentence makes the realm (world) of local politics to be scrappy -- rough and bruising.

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    Re: In the rough realm of local politics

    Sorry, the missing word is "had". I've got some ideas about the phrase after reading some of the replies here. Thank you all.

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