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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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 Set to represent Argentina at his fourth World Cup, Javier Mascherano has said that his nation's successes in Russia will depend heavily on the form of talisman Lionel Messi., "Javier Mascherano Reminisces About His Liverpool Career & Hails Lionel Messi Ahead of the World Cup," 10 June 2018 Despite now being 38 years old and playing just 63 minutes from 10 substitute appearances in the past six months, the veteran forward is set to appear in his fourth World Cup. CNN, "How Australia used wearable technology to negotiate 250,000 kilometer World Cup journey," 6 June 2018 With a worldwide viewing audience in shock over what had transpired, Italy defeated France in penalty kicks for the nation's fourth World Cup crown. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Craziest FIFA World Cup moments: Zinedine Zidane's headbutt, biggest upset, 'Hand of God'," 6 June 2018

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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