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English definition of “the world and his wife”

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the world and his wife

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a great many people, especially in a particular place at a particular time: It's going to be quite a party - the world and his wife will be there.
Translations of “the world and his wife”
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指某一時間、某一地點的)所有的人,各色人等…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指某一时间、某一地点的)所有的人,各色人等…
(Definition of the world and his wife from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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