the end of the world as we know it


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the end of the world as we know it

Refers hyperbolically to some sudden or unexpected deviation from what is familiar or customary. Well, whoever is elected, it won't be the end of the world as we know it; each candidate is as good or bad as the other in my book.
See also: end, know, of, we, world

the end of the world as we know it

and TEOTWAWKI
phr. & comp. abb. said to emphasize that things change, often a lot. Yes, you have to buy the operating system separately. It’s TEOTWAWKI.
See also: end, know, of, we, world