four corners of the earth, the

the four corners of the earth

All parts of the world; the farthest reaches. I have traveled to the four corners of the earth to retrieve the medallion, and I'm not going to stop now.
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four corners of the earth, the

The far ends of the world; all parts of the world. For example, Athletes came from the four corners of the earth to compete in the Olympics. This expression appeared in the Bible (Isaiah 11:12): "And gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth." Although the idea that the earth is a flat plane with actual corners has long been discarded, the term has survived.
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the four ˌcorners of the ˈearth

the parts of the world furthest away: People come from the four corners of the earth to attend the annual festival.
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four corners of the earth, the

The farthest ends of the world. This expression is believed to come from a passage in the Bible: “And gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth” (Isaiah 11:12). At that time and for many years thereafter the expression meant the entire world— that is, from all parts of the world. John Dryden switched it somewhat in To the Memory of Mrs. Killigrew: “When rattling bones together fly from the four corners of the sky.” In 1965 scientists actually designated four particular areas as the “corners” of the earth. Each of them is several thousand square miles in area, 120 feet higher than the geodetic mean, and has a gravitational pull measurably stronger than surrounding areas. They are located in Ireland, southeast of the Cape of Good Hope, west of the Peru coast, and between New Guinea and Japan. “Good authors too who once knew better words Now only use four-letter words. Writing prose, anything goes.” —Cole Porter, “Anything Goes” (1934)
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