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 English Vocabulary for ESL learners 



Commonly-used expressions.

 Expressions with WORLD 



Expression Meaning Example
be/mean the world (to someone) Be important or precious to someone "His daughter means the world to Mr. Jones."
be worlds apart Be very different from each other "As regards our political opinions, we are worlds apart."
be in a world of your own Be unaware of what is happening around you "Dad's out there in the garden in a world of his own."
come up in the world Be richer and/or have a higher social status “Charlie has certainly come up in the world living in that fasionable area!"
do a world of good Make you feel a lot better "You're overworked Alex. A holiday would do you a world of good. "
have the best of both worlds Have the advantages of two different things at the same time “We live in a quiet area but only 15 mn from the town centre – the best of both worlds!”
have the world at your feet Be extremely successful and greatly admired "The talented young actress has the world at her feet."
have the world by its tail Be successful and have your destiny under control "Thanks to all her hard work, Carla now has the world by its tail."
make a world of difference Create is a vast difference or great improvement "A swimming pool would make a world of difference in this hot climate."
it’s not the end of the world It's not the worst thing that could happen “There was some slight damage to the car but it’s not the end of the world.”
the world is your oyster Be free and able to enjoy what life has to offer "Emma left college feeling that the world was her oyster."




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