the way/ways of the world

noun phrase

: 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.

Examples of the way/ways of the world in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All these hyperbolic and chaotic doings are portrayed as just the way of the world, and the seeming disorder of Harry’s life comes off as the natural order of things. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2023 Dutiful sons often revere their fathers for their instruction in the ways of the world—by direction and indirection, sterling example and train wreck. Edward Kosner, WSJ, 5 May 2022 What remains out of grasp is the not knowing, the wondrous ignorance about the ways of the world. Hazlitt, 12 Dec. 2022 His daughter wasn’t well versed in the ways of the world. Kerry Howley, Vulture, 7 Nov. 2022 The day came, however, for the son to learn the ways of the world, and his father gave him that part of his education. Caren Schnur Neile, Sun Sentinel, 19 Sep. 2022 The two fostered a relatable brotherly chemistry; as Wally, Dow helped younger brother Beaver understand the ways of the world and charmed viewers with memorable one-liners. Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 Some people have fangs and like to bite other people—that’s the way of the world. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2023 But Jünger—like the narrator and his brother in the novel—faced the facts with equanimity: such was the way of the world. Thomas Meaney, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2023 See More

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“The way/ways of the world.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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