a man of the world

a man/woman of the world

someone who has a lot of experience of life, and is not usually shocked by the way people behave You're a man of the world, Roger, I'd appreciate your advice on a rather delicate matter.
See also: man, of, world
References in classic literature ?
I thought I was tolerably accomplished as a man of the world,' he continued, 'I flattered myself that I was pretty well versed in all those little arts and graces which distinguish men of the world from boors and peasants, and separate their character from those intensely vulgar sentiments which are called the national character.
I don't dictate, but I think a man of the world would do as I do; and I may add, I fancy that is what K- would look for at our hands.
On meeting Anna Karenina, as he was Alexey Alexandrovitch's enemy in the government, he tried, like a shrewd man and a man of the world, to be particularly cordial with her, the wife of his enemy.
He waved his hands like a man of the world, who dismisses religion and philosophy, and says "Fudge.
Indeed, with all his dignity of a man of the world, Prince Saradine radiated to such sensitive observers as the priest, a certain atmosphere of the restless and even the unreliable.
You're a man of the world, and I'm a man of the world.