"the world and his wife" meaning in English

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Noun

Audio: en-au-the world and his wife.ogg [Australia]
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  1. (hyperbolic, chiefly UK, Australia) Everyone; a great crowd; a jumbled assortment of people. Tags: Australia, UK, chiefly, excessive, plural, plural-only
    Sense id: the_world_and_his_wife-en-noun-CJ-n1fX4 Categories (other): Australian English, British English, English hyperboles, English pluralia tantum, Northern Irish English

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          "text": "The world and his wife were at the opening – we could barely move."
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          "ref": "1957 July 4, General Secretary, The Textile Institute, A Guide to Careers: No. 32: Textile Technology, New Scientist, page 42",
          "text": "The world and his wife are the customers for whom the textile industry supplies the greatest necessity next to food, and some of the greatest luxuries."
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          "ref": "1986 April, Jessica Berens, Scots on the Rocks, Spin, page 29",
          "text": "The punk explosion of 1977 prompted the world and his wife to pick up guitars, just as they had grabbed washboards in the skiffle era 20 years before."
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          "ref": "1972 (1905), Natsume Sōseki, Aiko Ito, Graeme Wilson (translators), I Am a Cat (吾輩は猫である), Volume 2, 2002, combined edition, page 187",
          "text": "[…] But they have to consider what the world and his wife will say, and when dealing with the world one simply cannot be too careful."
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          "ref": "1998, Kasey Michaels, Indiscreet, 2000, page 229",
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          "ref": "2001, advertisement, quoted in 2001, Guy Cook, The Discourse of Advertising, page 112",
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