make the world go round

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make the world go round

To be of critical or integral importance to the ordinary operation of life or the world at large. (Sometimes used hyperbolically.) It's an unavoidable truth that money and commerce make the world go round. I tell you, coffee made the world go round when I was in grad school!
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Remembering his past days at Washington, Larry said that he started his career with CNN in Washington and he missed politics because that was what made the world go round for him.
It's always said that when America sneezes the world catches a cold, but it's going to be a whole lot worse when the money which made the world go round suddenly brings it to a shuddering halt.
Love might once have made the world go round, but, I think communication--the thing we seem to be doing more of with cell phones and e-mails--makes the world go round today.