it's a small world


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it's a small world

We often encounter familiar people or things, or connections to those people or things, in the most unexpected places. It turned out that the guy I met in Japan was traveling to upstate New York, just around the corner from my cousins, at the same time that I'd be there later in the summer. Boy, it's a small world. I found a copy of my novel at a used bookstore in Paris. It's a small world, isn't it?
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it's a small world

One encounters the same people, events or situations in unexpected places. For example, I never thought I'd run into Samantha at a ball game-it's a small world. [c. 1900]
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it's a small world

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small world

You say it's a small world or small world to express your surprise when you unexpectedly meet someone you know in an unusual place, or when you are talking to someone and are surprised to discover that you both know the same person. Thirty years after leaving Oxford, I bumped into him again in the Isle of Wight where he was Deputy County Surveyor. It is indeed a small world. I had no idea you knew the Proberts. Well, well, it's a small world.
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it's (or what) a small world

used to express surprise at meeting an acquaintance or discovering a personal connection in a distant place or an unexpected context.
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it’s a ˌsmall ˈworld

(saying) used when you meet or hear about somebody you know, in an unexpected place: It turns out that he’s a friend of my brother’s! It’s a small world, isn’t it?
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