the world is (one's) oyster

the world is (one's) oyster

One can do anything one wants in life. You have so much talent at such a young age—the world is your oyster!
See also: oyster, world

The world is one's oyster.

Fig. One rules the world.; One is in charge of everything. I feel like the world is my oyster today. The world is my oyster! I'm in love!
See also: oyster, world

the world is your oyster

If you tell someone the world is your oyster, you mean that they can do anything they like and go anywhere they like. When I was 29 I was a millionaire. You come from nothing and suddenly the world is your oyster. Think of all the opportunities before you. The world is your oyster. Note: This expression suggests that success can be taken from the world in the same way that pearls can be taken from oysters. This idea was used by Shakespeare in `The Merry Wives Of Windsor': `Why, then the world's mine oyster, Which I with sword will open.' (Act 2, Scene 2)
See also: oyster, world

the world is your oyster

Anything you wish is yours for the taking. This piece of advice, usually given to youngsters, suggests that their future holds great riches, the way an oyster contains a pearl, and all they need do is use education, skill, or another talent to pry open the metaphorical bivalve and claim their reward. In Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, the character Pistol is heard to say, “Why then the world's mine oyster / Which I with sword will open.”
See also: oyster, world