man of the world
- a man who is widely experienced in the ways of the world and people; an urbane, sophisticated man.
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Here is the campaign manager, business man and man-of-the-world.Atlantic Classics
Bean had envied Bulger from the first for this man-of-the-world ease.Bunker Bean
Harry Leon Wilson
"Well, you know it now," said Willard shortly, his man-of-the-world composure failing him.The Wishing Moon
Louise Elizabeth Dutton
Anthony advanced with his man-of-the-world courtliness, and pressed her outstretched hand.A Humble Enterprise
"I've ordered the dinner; I suppose that'll do," he remarked with a man-of-the-world air.Adventures of Bindle
Herbert George Jenkins
man of the world
Also, woman of the world. A sophisticated person, experienced in social conventions. For example, You can discuss anything with him—he's a man of the world, or She's a woman of the world and understands these delicate issues. The first expression dates from about 1200 and originally meant “a man of the secular world” or “a married man” (that is, not a priest). Shakespeare applied this latter sense in As You Like It (5:3) where Audrey, at the prospect of marriage, says: “I hope it is no dishonest desire to be a woman of the world.” Henry Fielding in Tom Jones (1749) also echoed this earlier sense: “A man of the world; that is to say, a man who directs his conduct in this world as one, who being fully persuaded there is no other, is resolved to make the most of this.” By the mid-1800s the idea of sophistication had replaced this meaning.