the outside world

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the outside world

The people, culture, ideas, or experiences beyond an enclosed, sheltered, or remote place, situation or environment. Being raised out on the farm meant Jacob had little knowledge of the outside world. Anthropologists came upon an indigenous society that had had no previous contact with the outside world.
See also: outside, world
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From time to time some of the folk from the great outside world had found their way into this fairyland, but all except one had been companions of Dorothy and had turned out to be very agreeable people.
In the big, cold, outside world people did not invite shaggy men to their homes, and this shaggy man of ours had slept more in hay-lofts and stables than in comfortable rooms.
There are a dozen ways of communicating with the outside world, and when that's once done, it seems to me that the position of Squire Fentolin of St.
She was a girl that came here from Kansas, a place in the big, outside World.
And I used to think," she said, "that after all I could only keep you a little time - that presently the voices from the outside world would come whispering in your ears, and you would steal back again to where the wheels of life were turning.
John, cooped up in the valley, and absorbed in his work, had had little chance of learning the news of the outside world during the last twelve years.
It was patent that he brawled, somewhere in that outside world where he ate and slept, gained money, and moved in ways unknown to them.
As a business investment, yes; for the virtues of the valley were on the eve of being discovered by the outside world, and no better location for a summer home could be found.
We felt that once beyond it we might look with some little hope of success for a passage to the outside world.
They were passing through on their way to the outside world along the corridors we had just traversed.
In my contact with people I find that, as a rule, it is only the little, narrow people who live for themselves, who never read good books, who do not travel, who never open up their souls in a way to permit them to come into contact with other souls--with the great outside world.
At the slightest impact of the outside world upon his consciousness, his thoughts, sympathies, and emotions leapt and played like lambent flame.
At half-past twelve next day Lord Henry Wotton strolled from Curzon Street over to the Albany to call on his uncle, Lord Fermor, a genial if somewhat rough-mannered old bachelor, whom the outside world called selfish because it derived no particular benefit from him, but who was considered generous by Society as he fed the people who amused him.
I am not fond of a schoolroom: I like the outside world better.
As I stood there beneath that tree--a tree which should have been part of a coal-bed countless ages since--and looked out across a sea teeming with frightful life--life which should have been fossil before God conceived of Adam--I would not have given a minim of stale beer for my chances of ever seeing my friends or the outside world again; yet then and there I swore to fight my way as far through this hideous land as circumstances would permit.