the world is your 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 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

you are in a position to take the opportunities that life has to offer.
This expression may come from Shakespeare 's The Merry Wives of Windsor: ‘Why, then the world's mine oyster, Which I with sword will open’. The humorously malapropistic variant the world is your lobster was popularized by the Thames TV series Minder ( 1979–94 ).
1998 Times I was never brought up thinking, ‘You are an Asian woman so you can't do things.’ I was always given the impression that the world was my oyster.
See also: oyster, world

the ˌworld is your ˈoyster

you have the freedom to do what you want, go where you want, etc. in the future because you are young, successful, rich, etc: What do you mean, you don’t know what to do with your life? The world is your oyster!
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