One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used for emphasis, to refer to the existence or disappearance of someone or something.‘he's just disappeared off the face of the earth’‘the most gruelling training on the face of the earth’
- ‘Why are you the only human being on the face of the planet who could possibly write this book?’
- ‘I can't remember whether she said this was going to happen or has she just disappeared off the face of the earth?’
- ‘This stretch of highway is quite possibly the most boring road on the face of the planet.’
- ‘‘This is not an argument for wiping badgers off the face of the earth,’ he writes.’
- ‘She felt like screaming and crying and just disappearing off of the face of the earth all at the same time.’
- ‘Being a helpdesk operator has to be one of the most thankless tasks on the face of the planet.’
- ‘Why have they seemingly vanished from the face of the planet in terms of their public profile?’
- ‘Today, and for all my tomorrows, I consider myself the luckiest person on the face of the earth.’
- ‘Within 30 hours of the move she had gone - disappeared off the face of the earth.’
- ‘Common sense seems to be disappearing off the face of the earth.’
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