not know what the world is coming to

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of not know what the world is coming to

used to say that one is shocked or disgusted by something that has happened
  • I don't know what the world is coming to when so many poor children have to go to bed hungry every night.

Word by Word Definitions

know play
  1. : to perceive directly : have direct cognition of

  2. : to have understanding of

  3. : to recognize the nature of : discern

  1. : knowledge

what play
  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

  2. often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

  3. : who

  1. : why

  2. : in what respect : how

  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

  2. : how remarkable or striking for good or bad qualities

  3. : whatever

world play
  1. : the earthly state of human existence

  2. : life after death

  3. : the earth with its inhabitants and all things upon it

  1. : of or relating to the world

  2. : extending or found throughout the world : worldwide

  3. : involving or applying to part of or the whole world

coming play
  1. : an act or instance of arriving

  1. : immediately due in sequence or development

  2. : gaining importance


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