fourth world

noun, often capitalized F&W

Definition of fourth world

: a group of nations especially in Africa and Asia characterized by extremely low per capita income and an absence of valuable natural resources

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Low has been in charge since 2006, and famously led the Germans to their fourth World Cup title in 2014, as well as the 2017 Confederations Cup., "Joachim Low Set to Continue as Germany Manager Until 2022 in Spite of World Cup Humiliation," 3 July 2018 Furthermore, with the calibre of personnel the men in blue boasted, Lippi's side now almost miraculously looked capable of mounting a tilt at a fourth world crown., "World Cup Countdown: 3 Weeks To Go - When Italy Ruled in 2006 in the Face of Domestic Turmoil," 4 June 2018 Tabarez is leading Uruguay into a fourth World Cup after a first trip in 1990. Karel Janicek,, "Gimenez late goal secures Uruguay victory over Egypt," 15 June 2018 After South Korea avenged defeat in the 2002 semi final, Germany are the fourth World Cup holders to be dumped out at the group stage in the last 16 years., "World Cup Curse: Germany are Just the Latest Reigning Champions Eliminated in Group Stage," 28 June 2018 Perisic jumped and from behind raised his left boot over Walker's head to poke the ball past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from about 7.5 yards for his fourth World Cup goal, including two in this tournament. Ronald Blum, The Christian Science Monitor, "Croatia will make its first-ever appearance in World Cup final," 12 July 2018 But there was no late video review to benefit Portugal as Ronaldo's fourth World Cup came to an uneventful end. Tim Booth,, "Edinson Cavani scores twice as Uruguay ousts Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal," 30 June 2018 But there was no late video review to benefit Portugal as Ronaldo’s fourth World Cup came to an uneventful end. Tim Booth,, "Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal ousted by Uruguay," 30 June 2018 Aussie vet going to Russia: The 38-year-old Tim Cahill, who spent four seasons with the New York Red Bulls in MLS, is going to his fourth World Cup. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "FIFA World Cup 2018: 11 takeaways from roster deadline day," 4 June 2018

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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