world

[ wurld ]
/ wɜrld /
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noun

Idioms

Origin of world

before 900; Middle English; Old English world, weorold; cognate with Dutch wereld, German Welt, Old Norse verǫld, all < Germanic *wer-ald- literally, age of man
SYNONYMS FOR world
1 See earth.
Related formscoun·ter·world, nounin·ter·world, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for set the world on fire (1 of 2)

world

/ (wɜːld) /

noun

Word Origin for world

Old English w (e) orold, from wer man + ald age, life; related to Old Frisian warld, wrald, Old Norse verold, Old High German wealt (German Welt)

British Dictionary definitions for set the world on fire (2 of 2)

World


noun The World

a man-made archipelago of 300 reclaimed islands built off the coast of Dubai in the shape of a map of the world. Area: 63 sq km (24 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for set the world on fire

world


n.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with set the world on fire (1 of 2)

set the world on fire


Perform an outstanding feat and win fame, as in An ambitious man, he longed to set the world on fire with his inventions. This hyperbolic expression uses set on fire in the sense of “arouse excitement in.” Also see set on fire, def. 2.

Idioms and Phrases with set the world on fire (2 of 2)

world


In addition to the idioms beginning with world

  • world is one's oyster, the
  • world of good, a

also see:

  • all over the place (world)
  • best of both worlds
  • bring into the world
  • come up (in the world)
  • dead to the world
  • for all the world
  • go out (of the world)
  • in one's own world
  • it's a small world
  • laugh and the world laughs with you
  • man of the world
  • move up (in the world)
  • not for all the tea in china (for the world)
  • on earth (in the world), what
  • on top of the world
  • out of this world
  • set the world on fire
  • think a lot (the world) of
  • third world
  • with the best will in the world
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