four corners of the earth, the

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.
See also: corner, four, of
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The four flyers represent the four winds, the four corners of the Earth, the four elements, and the four seasons.
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