Meaning of “what's the world coming to?” in the English Dictionary

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"what's the world coming to?" in British English

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what's the world coming to?

something you say that means that life is not as pleasant or safe as it was in the past:

What's the world coming to when you can't leave your house for five minutes without someone trying to break in and rob you?

(Definition of “what's the world coming to?” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)