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Master of the Universe

1. Literally, the supreme being; God. One must always keep in mind the designs and desires of the Master of the Universe if one wishes to enter into heaven in the afterlife.
2. By extension, an extremely powerful, successful, or wealthy person, especially someone working on Wall Street in the US financial sector. John liked to think of himself as a self-styled Master of the Universe after earning his first million playing the stock market.
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be the armpit of the world/universe

  (humorous)
to be a very unpleasant and often dirty place For some people it's an exciting, big city - for others it's the armpit of the universe.
See also: armpit, of, world
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as of an intellect doubled on itself), by abandonment to the nature of things; that beside his privacy of power as an individual man, there is a great public power on which he can draw, by unlocking, at all risks, his human doors, and suffering the ethereal tides to roll and circulate through him; then he is caught up into the life of the Universe, his speech is thunder, his thought is law, and his words are universally intelligible as the plants and animals.
They were describing the earth as the centre of the universe, while the scientists were discovering America and probing space for the stars and the laws of the stars.
Was the rule of all the universe the pitiless rule of natural selection?
In courageous work, Carlyle declares, work whether physical or mental, lies the way of salvation not only for pampered idlers but for sincere souls who are perplexed and wearied with over-much meditation on the mysteries of the universe, 'Be no, longer a Chaos,' he urges, 'but a World, or even Worldkin.
This is that ancient doctrine of Nemesis, who keeps watch in the universe and lets no offence go unchastised.
He is base,--and that is the one base thing in the universe,--to receive favors and render none.
Human labor, through all its forms, from the sharpening of a stake to the construction of a city or an epic, is one immense illustration of the perfect compensation of the universe.
Nothing, Falsehood, may indeed stand as the great Night or shade on which as a background the living universe paints itself forth, but no fact is begotten by it; it cannot work, for it is not.
At length Jones made a full stop, and turning about, cries, "Who knows, Partridge, but the loveliest creature in the universe may have her eyes now fixed on that very moon which I behold at this instant?
She would not mind that the universe was unmoral, that there was no God, no immortality.
Veteran MISS UNIVERSE commentator, Jeannie Mai, took viewers behind-the-scenes to engage with contestants, talent and fans throughout the telecast.
To explain the origin and evolution of the universe, Lemaitre [3-4] suggested that the universe began an explosion of a primeval atom.
It is hard to know what the universe really would be like if various constants were changed, even harder to know what forms life might take other than the carbon-based variety we are familiar with on Earth.
Gravitational effects of the birth of the universe and other extreme events can send distortions in space-time rippling outward as what scientists call gravitational waves.