logo
Free & Quick Proofreading from Grammarly!

world Idioms & Phrases


A world to see

  • a wonder to see; something admirable or surprising to see. Obs.
    O, you are novices; 't is a world to see How tame, when men and women are alone, A meacock wretch can make the curstest shrew. Shak.
Webster 1913

All . . . in the world

  • all that exists; all that is possible; as, all the precaution in the world would not save him.
Webster 1913

contemporary world

  • noun the circumstances and ideas of the present age
    contemporary world; present times; modern times.
    • in modern times like these
WordNet

end of the world

  • noun (New Testament) day at the end of time following Armageddon when God will decree the fates of all individual humans according to the good and evil of their earthly lives
    Day of Judgment; Day of Judgement; Judgment Day; Last Judgment; Judgement Day; doomsday; eschaton; crack of doom; day of reckoning; Last Day; Last Judgement.
  • noun an unpleasant or disastrous destiny
    doomsday; day of reckoning; doom.
    • everyone was aware of the approaching doom but was helpless to avoid it
    • that's unfortunate but it isn't the end of the world
WordNet

fair-world

Fair"-world` noun
Definitions
  1. State of prosperity. Obs.
    They think it was never fair-world with them since. Milton.
Webster 1913

fantasy world

  • noun something existing solely in the imagination (but often mistaken for reality)
    fantasy world; fairyland.
WordNet

first world war

  • noun a war between the allies (Russia, France, British Empire, Italy, United States, Japan, Rumania, Serbia, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Montenegro) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria) from 1914 to 1918
    World War 1; War to End War; Great War; First World War.
WordNet

For all the world

  • adverb under any circumstances
    for love or money; for anything; for any price.
    • she wouldn't give up her pets for love or money
WordNet
  • . (a) Precisely; exactly. (b) For any consideration.
  • wholly; exactly. "Whose posy was, for all the world, like cutlers' poetry." Shak.
Webster 1913

Fore world

  • the antediluvian world. R. Southey.
Webster 1913

free world

  • noun anti-communist countries collectively
WordNet

industrial workers of the world

  • noun a former international labor union and radical labor movement in the United States; founded in Chicago in 1905 and dedicated to the overthrow of capitalism; its membership declined after World War I
    IWW; I.W.W..
WordNet

man of the world

  • noun a worldly-wise person
    sophisticate.
WordNet

modern world

  • noun the circumstances and ideas of the present age
    contemporary world; present times; modern times.
    • in modern times like these
WordNet

New world

  • noun the hemisphere that includes North America and South America
    occident; western hemisphere.
WordNet
  • the land of the Western Hemisphere; so called because not known to the inhabitants of the Eastern Hemisphere until recent times.
Webster 1913

new world anteater

  • noun any of several tropical American mammals of the family Myrmecophagidae which lack teeth and feed on ants and termites
    anteater.
WordNet

new world beaver

  • noun a variety of beaver found in almost all areas of North America except Florida
    Castor canadensis.
WordNet

new world blackbird

  • noun any bird of the family Icteridae whose male is black or predominantly black
    blackbird.
WordNet

new world chat

  • noun birds having a chattering call
    chat.
WordNet

new world coral snake

  • noun any of several venomous New World snakes brilliantly banded in red and black and either yellow or white; widely distributed in South America and Central America
    coral snake; harlequin-snake.
WordNet

new world flycatcher

  • noun large American birds that characteristically catch insects on the wing
    flycatcher; tyrant flycatcher; tyrant bird.
WordNet

new world goldfinch

  • noun American finch whose male has yellow body plumage in summer
    yellowbird; goldfinch; Spinus tristis.
WordNet

new world jay

  • noun a North American jay
WordNet

new world least weasel

  • noun of Canada and northeastern United States
    Mustela rixosa.
WordNet

new world leishmaniasis

  • noun a form of leishmaniasis endemic in Mexico and Central American and South America; sores are limited to the skin and mucosa
    nasopharyngeal leishmaniasis; mucocutaneous leishmaniasis; leishmaniasis americana; American leishmaniasis.
WordNet

new world monkey

  • noun hairy-faced arboreal monkeys having widely separated nostrils and long usually prehensile tails
    platyrrhinian; platyrrhine.
WordNet

new world mouse

  • noun a variety of rodent
WordNet

new world opah

  • noun from Nova Scotia to West Indies and Gulf of Mexico
    Lampris guttatus.
WordNet

new world oriole

  • noun American songbird; male is black and orange or yellow
    American oriole; oriole.
WordNet

new world porcupine

  • noun arboreal porcupine
WordNet

new world sparrow

  • noun sparrow-like North American finches
WordNet

new world tapir

  • noun a tapir found in South America and Central America
    Tapirus terrestris.
WordNet

new world vulture

  • noun large birds of prey superficially similar to Old World vultures
    cathartid.
WordNet

new world warbler

  • noun small bright-colored American songbird with a weak unmusical song
    wood warbler.
WordNet

old world

  • noun the regions of the world that were known to Europeans before the discovery of the Americas
WordNet

old world beaver

  • noun a European variety of beaver
    Castor fiber.
WordNet

old world buffalo

  • noun any of several Old World animals resembling oxen including, e.g., water buffalo; Cape buffalo
    buffalo.
WordNet

old world chat

  • noun songbirds having a chattering call
    chat.
WordNet

old world coot

  • noun a coot found in Eurasia
    Fulica atra.
WordNet

old world coral snake

  • noun any of various venomous elapid snakes of Asia and Africa and Australia
    coral snake.
WordNet

old world crayfish

  • noun small crayfish of Europe and Asia and western North America
    ecrevisse.
WordNet

old world flycatcher

  • noun any of a large group of small songbirds that feed on insects taken on the wing
    true flycatcher; flycatcher.
WordNet

old world hop hornbeam

  • noun medium-sized hop hornbeam of southern Europe and Asia Minor
    Ostrya carpinifolia.
WordNet

old world jay

  • noun a European jay
WordNet

old world least weasel

  • noun of Europe
    Mustela nivalis.
WordNet

old world leishmaniasis

  • noun leishmaniasis of the skin; characterized by ulcerative skin lesions
    oriental sore; Delhi boil; tropical sore; cutaneous leishmaniasis; Aleppo boil.
WordNet

old world mistletoe

  • noun Old World parasitic shrub having branching greenish stems with leathery leaves and waxy white glutinous berries; the traditional mistletoe of Christmas
    mistletoe; Viscum album.
WordNet

old world monkey

  • noun of Africa or Arabia or Asia; having nonprehensile tails and nostrils close together
    catarrhine.
WordNet

old world oriole

  • noun mostly tropical songbird; the male is usually bright orange and black
    oriole.
WordNet

old world porcupine

  • noun terrestrial porcupine
WordNet

old world quail

  • noun small game bird with a rounded body and small tail
WordNet

old world rabbit

  • noun common greyish-brown burrowing animal native to southern Europe and northern Africa but introduced elsewhere; widely domesticated and developed in various colors and for various needs; young are born naked and helpless
    Oryctolagus cuniculus; European rabbit.
WordNet

old world robin

  • noun small Old World songbird with a reddish breast
    robin redbreast; Erithacus rubecola; robin; redbreast.
WordNet

old world scops owl

  • noun European scops owl
    Otus scops.
WordNet

old world vulture

  • noun any of several large vultures of Africa and Eurasia
WordNet

old world warbler

  • noun small active brownish or greyish Old World birds
    true warbler.
WordNet

old world white pelican

  • noun similar to American white pelican
    Pelecanus onocrotalus.
WordNet

old world yew

  • noun predominant yew in Europe; extraordinarily long-lived and slow growing; one of the oldest species in the world
    Taxus baccata; English yew.
WordNet

old-world

  • adjective satellite characteristic of former times especially in Europe
    • an old-world cottage
WordNet

phantasy world

  • noun something existing solely in the imagination (but often mistaken for reality)
    fantasy world; fairyland.
WordNet

real world

  • noun the practical world as opposed to the academic world
    real life.
    • a good consultant must have a lot of experience in the real world
WordNet

second world war

  • noun a war between the Allies (Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia) and the Axis (Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Rumania, Slovakia, Thailand) from 1939 to 1945
    World War 2; Second World War.
WordNet

seven wonders of the ancient world

  • noun impressive monuments created in the ancient world that were regarded with awe
    Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
WordNet

Seven wonders of the world

  • noun impressive monuments created in the ancient world that were regarded with awe
    Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
WordNet
  • . See in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.
Webster 1913

spirit world

  • noun any imaginary place where spiritual beings (demons or fairies or angels or the like) abide
    • science has emptied the spirit world of its former inhabitants
WordNet

spiritual world

  • noun a belief that there is a realm controlled by a divine spirit
    spiritual domain; unseen.
WordNet

the way of the world

  • noun the manner in which people typically behave or things typically happen
    the way of the world.
    • the ordinary reader is endowed with considerable wisdom and knowledge of the way of the world
    • she was well-versed in the ways of the world before she had taken the veil
    • he was amazingly innocent of the ways of the world
WordNet

the ways of the world

  • noun the manner in which people typically behave or things typically happen
    the way of the world.
    • the ordinary reader is endowed with considerable wisdom and knowledge of the way of the world
    • she was well-versed in the ways of the world before she had taken the veil
    • he was amazingly innocent of the ways of the world
WordNet

think the world of

  • verb esteem very highly
    • She thinks the world of her adviser
WordNet

third world

  • noun underdeveloped and developing countries of Asia and Africa and Latin America collectively
WordNet

To go to the world

  • to be married. Obs. "Thus goes every one to the world but I . . . ; I may sit in a corner and cry heighho for a husband!" Shak.
Webster 1913

Upper world

  • . (a) The atmosphere. (b) Heaven. (c) This world; the earth; in distinction from the underworld.
Webster 1913

walt disney world

  • noun a large amusement park established in 1971 to the southwest of Orlando
WordNet

world affairs

  • noun affairs between nations
    international affairs.
    • you can't really keep up with world affairs by watching television
WordNet

world bank

  • noun a United Nations agency created to assist developing nations by loans guaranteed by member governments
    International Bank for Reconstruction and Development; IBRD.
WordNet

world council

  • noun a council with representatives from different nations
WordNet

world council of churches

  • noun an ecumenical organization of Protestant and eastern churches; intended to promote unity and cooperation in religious and secular matters
WordNet

world court

  • noun a court established to settle disputes between members of the United Nations
    International Court of Justice.
WordNet

world cup

  • noun a soccer tournament held every four years between national soccer teams to determine a world champion
WordNet

world health organization

  • noun a United Nations agency to coordinate international health activities and to help governments improve health services
    WHO.
WordNet

world meteorological organization

  • noun the United Nations agency concerned with the international collection of meteorological data
    WMO.
WordNet

world organisation

  • noun an international alliance involving many different countries
    international organization; world organisation; global organization; international organisation.
WordNet

world organization

  • noun an international alliance involving many different countries
    international organization; world organisation; global organization; international organisation.
WordNet

world power

  • noun a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
    power; superpower; great power; major power.
WordNet

world premiere

  • noun (music) the first public performance (as of a dramatic or musical work) anywhere in the world
WordNet

world record

  • noun the best record in the whole world
WordNet

world series

  • noun series that constitutes the playoff for the baseball championship
    • we watched the World Series on TV
WordNet

world tamil association

  • noun a terrorist organization in Sri Lanka that began in 1970 as a student protest over the limited university access for Tamil students; currently seeks to establish an independent Tamil state called Eelam; relies on guerilla strategy including terrorist tactics that target key government and military personnel
    Tigers; LTTE; Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; World Tamil Association; Tamil Tigers.
    • the Tamil Tigers perfected suicide bombing as a weapon of war
WordNet

world tamil movement

  • noun a terrorist organization in Sri Lanka that began in 1970 as a student protest over the limited university access for Tamil students; currently seeks to establish an independent Tamil state called Eelam; relies on guerilla strategy including terrorist tactics that target key government and military personnel
    Tigers; LTTE; Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; World Tamil Association; Tamil Tigers.
    • the Tamil Tigers perfected suicide bombing as a weapon of war
WordNet

world trade center

  • noun twin skyscrapers 110 stories high in New York City; built 1368 feet tall in 1970 to 1973; destroyed by a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001
    twin towers; WTC.
WordNet

world trade organization

  • noun an international organization based in Geneva that monitors and enforces rules governing global trade
    WTO.
WordNet

world traveler

  • noun someone who travels widely and often
    globetrotter.
WordNet

world view

  • noun a comprehensive view of the world and human life
    Weltanschauung.
WordNet

world war

  • noun a war in which the major nations of the world are involved
WordNet

world war 1

  • noun a war between the allies (Russia, France, British Empire, Italy, United States, Japan, Rumania, Serbia, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Montenegro) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria) from 1914 to 1918
    World War 1; War to End War; Great War; First World War.
WordNet

world war 2

  • noun a war between the Allies (Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia) and the Axis (Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Rumania, Slovakia, Thailand) from 1939 to 1945
    World War 2; Second World War.
WordNet

world war i

  • noun a war between the allies (Russia, France, British Empire, Italy, United States, Japan, Rumania, Serbia, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Montenegro) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria) from 1914 to 1918
    World War 1; War to End War; Great War; First World War.
WordNet

world war ii

  • noun a war between the Allies (Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia) and the Axis (Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Rumania, Slovakia, Thailand) from 1939 to 1945
    World War 2; Second World War.
WordNet

world wide web

  • noun computer network consisting of a collection of internet sites that offer text and graphics and sound and animation resources through the hypertext transfer protocol
    web; WWW.
WordNet

World without end

  • eternally; forever; everlastingly; as if in a state of existence having no end.
    Throughout all ages, world without end. Eph. iii. 21.
Webster 1913

World's end

  • the end, or most distant part, of the world; the remotest regions.
Webster 1913

world-beater

  • noun a competitor who holds a preeminent position
    king; queen.
WordNet

world-class

  • adjective satellite ranking above all others
    foremost; first.
    • was first in her class
    • the foremost figure among marine artists
    • the top graduate
WordNet

world-shaking

  • adjective satellite sufficiently significant to affect the whole world
    earthshaking; world-shaking.
    • earthshaking proposals
    • the contest was no world-shaking affair
    • the conversation...could hardly be called world-shattering
WordNet

world-shattering

  • adjective satellite sufficiently significant to affect the whole world
    earthshaking; world-shaking.
    • earthshaking proposals
    • the contest was no world-shaking affair
    • the conversation...could hardly be called world-shattering
WordNet

world-weariness

  • noun sadness on thinking about the evils of the world
    Weltschmerz.
WordNet

world-weary

  • adjective satellite tired of the world
    bored.
    • bored with life
    • strolled through the museum with a bored air
WordNet

world-wide

  • adjective satellite involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope
    worldwide; planetary; global; world.
    • global war
    • global monetary policy
    • neither national nor continental but planetary
    • a world crisis
    • of worldwide significance
  • adjective satellite spanning or extending throughout the entire world
    worldwide.
    • worldwide distribution
    • a worldwide epidemic
  • adjective satellite of worldwide scope or applicability
    worldwide; cosmopolitan; universal; ecumenical; general; oecumenical.
    • an issue of cosmopolitan import
    • the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley
    • universal experience
WordNet
World"-wide` adjective
Definitions
  1. Extended throughout the world; as, world-wide fame. Tennyson.
Webster 1913