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watch the world go by
1. To sit idly and watch other people's activities. I love sitting in a busy station, watching the world go by as I wait for my train.
2. To do nothing or very little that is productive or worth any value. I know you're upset about losing your job, but you can't just sit here watching the world go by—you have to get out there and find something new to do!
watch the world go byspend time observing other people going about their business.
1996 Europe: Rough Guide Outdoor seating allows you to watch the world go by or to play a game of chess with giant chess pieces under the trees.