the way/ways of the world

noun phrase

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: how things happen or how people behave Success comes easier for some people. That's just the way of the world. Because he was young and inexperienced in the ways of the world, people were able to take advantage of him.

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“The way/ways of the world.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20way%2Fways%20of%20the%20world. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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