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[wurld-lee-wahyz] /ˈwɜrld liˈwaɪz/
wise as to the affairs of this world.
Origin of worldly-wise
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Here the wife exclaimed, “How worldly-wise these English are!”

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • Then this by Hogarth is entirely wise and right; but worldly-wise, not divine.

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • She felt old, and worldly-wise beside this mountain girl, and she was adrift on the alluring sea of personal service.

    Joyce of the North Woods Harriet T. Comstock
  • Most of these worldly-wise counsels were not given directly to Jennie.

    Jennie Gerhardt Theodore Dreiser
  • Lensky smiled at her, and on his strangely white, shrewd, worldly-wise face the smile looked like a sudden flash of sunlight.

    The Halo Bettina von Hutten
  • She was energetic by nature, selfish by philosophy, clever and worldly-wise by training.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • Drew's maiden aunt, prim, proper and worldly-wise, was as much Aunt Sally to Filmer as she was to her niece and nephew.

    Joyce of the North Woods Harriet T. Comstock
  • He was worldly-wise enough to suspect that Zen also felt that charm.

    Dennison Grant Robert Stead
  • Here was something that needed investigation, and might possibly in its issue, interfere with my worldly-wise policy.

  • I nodded my head at him with a smile as worldly-wise as I could make it.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare

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