What's the world coming to?

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What's the world coming to?

A rhetorical question that expresses disappointment or disillusionment with the state of the world and its future, typically stated upon learning of unpleasant news or witnessing something that one believes is an indication of overall decline. I saw in the paper that they arrested a kid just for bringing a spork to school. What's the world coming to? What's the world coming to when even a nun gets robbed in broad daylight?
See also: coming, world

what is the world ˈcoming to?

(also I don’t know ˌwhat the world’s ˈcoming to) (saying) used as an expression of anger, shock, complaint, etc., at changes in people’s behaviour, the political situation, etc: When I read the news these days I sometimes wonder what the world’s coming to.Instant tea? What is the world coming to?
See also: coming, what, world
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'Jesus, what's the world coming to when bullies are babied instead of beaten,' he added.
"I'm sixty-f**king-five!") What's the world coming to? Still, if the tight little smile of triumph he wears in the final shot of The Commuter is going to be our last glimpse of Neeson the action hero, that's not a bad way to go -- and the same could be said of the film as a whole, the fourth collaboration between the big Irishman and Barcelona-born director Jaume Collet-Serra after Unknown , Non-Stop and Run All Night .
What's the world coming to? They say it's the thought that counts.
If we get that bad then what's the world coming to? It's just over-reacting."
What's the world coming to? Or more precisely, what is Michael Connelly's world coming to?
WHAT'S the world coming to? Mark Clattenburg makes bad judgement calls for a living yet everyone is shocked that he went to see Ed Sheeran (above).
What's the world coming to when you've got the combined brains of three burglars out doing a job on a dark winter's night, and not one of them thinks it's a good idea to bring a torch?
The other cop raises that old, old question: What's the world coming to? A moment later, a truck speeds by, sending a spray of muddy slush across the van's windshield, blotting out the view of the road ahead.
It seems a little harsh, after all if you can't travel to the other side of the world and wrestle with a massive shark while you are on sick leave then what's the world coming to!
"What's the world coming to? He's been watching too many films."
What's the world coming to. Letting ur fiance dance with other girls and shoving money down their knickers haha," she posted.
What's the world coming to? Next thing you'll know, they'll be demanding to have their Secretary of State appointed from that shallow pool of MPs from Welsh constituencies.
What's the world coming to if we can't have a chat about options without some daft official leaking it?