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!
See also: make, round, world
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Gaga, who has admitted sexual fantasies about women, said: "I don't know if threesomes make the world go round but I suppose they're fun.