in the world
phrasal among innumerable possibilities ; ever — used as an intensive <
what in the world is it
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • in the world — or[on earth] {adv. phr.}, {informal} Of all possible things; ever. Usually used for emphasis after words that ask questions, as who , why , what , etc. * /Where in the world did you find that necktie?/ * /The boys wondered how on earth the mouse… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in the world — or[on earth] {adv. phr.}, {informal} Of all possible things; ever. Usually used for emphasis after words that ask questions, as who , why , what , etc. * /Where in the world did you find that necktie?/ * /The boys wondered how on earth the mouse… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • The Funniest Joke in the World — is the most frequently written title used in to refer to a Monty Python s Flying Circus comedy sketch, it is also known by two other phrases that appear within it, Joke Warfare and Killer Joke , the latter being the most commonly used spoken… …   Wikipedia

  • All in the world — World World, n. [OE. world, werld, weorld, weoreld, AS. weorold, worold; akin to OS. werold, D. wereld, OHG. weralt, worolt, werolt, werlt, G. welt, Icel. ver[ o]ld, Sw. verld, Dan. verden; properly, the age of man, lifetime, humanity; AS. wer a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • List of tallest buildings and structures in the world — While determining the world s tallest structure has generally been straightforward, the definition of the world s tallest building or the world s tallest tower is less clear. The disputes generally centre on what should be counted as a building… …   Wikipedia

  • come up in the world — or[rise in the world] {v. phr.} To gain success, wealth, or importance in life; rise to a position of greater wealth or importance. * /He had come up in the world since he peddled his wife s baked goods from a pushcart./ Compare: GET AHEAD.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come up in the world — or[rise in the world] {v. phr.} To gain success, wealth, or importance in life; rise to a position of greater wealth or importance. * /He had come up in the world since he peddled his wife s baked goods from a pushcart./ Compare: GET AHEAD.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come down in the world — {v. phr.} To lose a place of respect or honor, become lower (as in rank or fortune). * /The stranger plainly had come down a long way in the world./ Compare: DOWN ON ONE S LUCK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come down in the world — {v. phr.} To lose a place of respect or honor, become lower (as in rank or fortune). * /The stranger plainly had come down a long way in the world./ Compare: DOWN ON ONE S LUCK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rise in the world — See: COME UP IN THE WORLD …   Dictionary of American idioms

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