Definition of the way of the world in US English:

the way of the world

phrase

  • The manner in which people typically behave or things typically happen (used to express one's resignation to it)

    ‘all those millions are not going to create many jobs, but that's the way of the world’
    • ‘It is the way of the world in the United States today.’
    • ‘It is simply the way of the world and we must accept it.’
    • ‘It is the way of the world that if you have got good female employees that you want to keep, then you have to be flexible.’
    • ‘And, naturally, some of us end up as victims of cruel fate - it's the way of the world.’
    • ‘In private, profit-oriented businesses, this is merely the way of the world.’
    • ‘And yet, it is the way of the world and we each have to find a way to live with a modicum of decency and integrity within it.’
    • ‘‘Such is the way of the world,’ she said casually.’
    • ‘It's the way of the world so I shall have to live with it.’
    • ‘It's always been the way of the world, and always will be.’
    • ‘That has been the way of the world up until this age.’
    the way of the world, the world, the way things go, the way of it, the human condition, the times we live in, the usual state of affairs, the school of hard knocks
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