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Master of the Universe

1. Literally, the supreme being; God. One must always keep in mind the designs and desires of the Master of the Universe if one wishes to enter into heaven in the afterlife.
2. By extension, an extremely powerful, successful, or wealthy person, especially someone working on Wall Street in the US financial sector. John liked to think of himself as a self-styled Master of the Universe after earning his first million playing the stock market.
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be the armpit of the world/universe

  (humorous)
to be a very unpleasant and often dirty place For some people it's an exciting, big city - for others it's the armpit of the universe.
See also: armpit, of, world
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as of an intellect doubled on itself), by abandonment to the nature of things; that beside his privacy of power as an individual man, there is a great public power on which he can draw, by unlocking, at all risks, his human doors, and suffering the ethereal tides to roll and circulate through him; then he is caught up into the life of the Universe, his speech is thunder, his thought is law, and his words are universally intelligible as the plants and animals.
They were describing the earth as the centre of the universe, while the scientists were discovering America and probing space for the stars and the laws of the stars.
Was the rule of all the universe the pitiless rule of natural selection?
In courageous work, Carlyle declares, work whether physical or mental, lies the way of salvation not only for pampered idlers but for sincere souls who are perplexed and wearied with over-much meditation on the mysteries of the universe, 'Be no, longer a Chaos,' he urges, 'but a World, or even Worldkin.
This is that ancient doctrine of Nemesis, who keeps watch in the universe and lets no offence go unchastised.
He is base,--and that is the one base thing in the universe,--to receive favors and render none.
Human labor, through all its forms, from the sharpening of a stake to the construction of a city or an epic, is one immense illustration of the perfect compensation of the universe.
Nothing, Falsehood, may indeed stand as the great Night or shade on which as a background the living universe paints itself forth, but no fact is begotten by it; it cannot work, for it is not.
At length Jones made a full stop, and turning about, cries, "Who knows, Partridge, but the loveliest creature in the universe may have her eyes now fixed on that very moon which I behold at this instant?
She would not mind that the universe was unmoral, that there was no God, no immortality.
The present universe is a fully-grown adult universe, which has many child universes such as the star-like and supermassive black holes as observed and one parent (or the mother universe).
In other words, it seems to apply to numerous possible universes, not just our own.
Some string researchers regard this plethora of theories as a hint that multiple universes exist and that a unique version of string theory plays out in each of them.
Thus one cannot argue that, since the universe is eternal and there are billions of universes, anything could have happened by chance.
They are finding a universe that is expanding, cooling, dimming and, according to some theories, may be only one of a multitude of universes - a ``multiverse.
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