Definition of how the world wags in US English:

how the world wags

phrase

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  • How affairs are going or being conducted.

    • ‘And because we know that this is how the world wags - that even the least networked of us is connected to everyone if he is connected to at least one other person.’
    • ‘I have a vivid recollection of having in an evil or unguarded moment promised to do that which my soul abhors - to write a letter informing you how the world wags here below.’
    • ‘If you want to know how the world wags, and who's wagging it, here's your answer.’
    • ‘I want you to be curious about how the world wags its tail in different lands.’
    • ‘The second stage knows how the world wags but not why.’