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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Al Green may be 62 years old but 'The Reverend' is still happy to be making the world go round with his songs about love.
FROST HEAVE Ice particles lifting the ground, Drivers insisting on mobile phone sound, Sales make the weary lose pound after pound, January making the world go round.
IF he were alive today Freddie Mercury could do a new version of his classic Fat Bottomed Girls, except this time round it would be women with big thighs making the world go round.
Making the world go round is a virtual currency, the Whyville clam.