the world and his wife

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the world and his wife

A large number or a majority of people. The world and his wife are going to be at the wedding this July. I hope I can make it too.
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the world and his wife

everyone; a large number of people. British
This expression is first recorded in Jonathan Swift 's Polite Conversation ( 1738 ).
See also: and, wife, world

(all) the ˌworld and his ˈwife

(informal) everyone; a large number of people: The world and his wife was in Brighton that day.
See also: and, wife, world
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