the ways of the world

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Noun1.the ways of the world - the manner in which people typically behave or things typically happen; "the ordinary reader is endowed with considerable wisdom and knowledge of the way of the world"; "she was well-versed in the ways of the world before she had taken the veil"; "he was amazingly innocent of the ways of the world"
behavior, conduct, doings, behaviour - manner of acting or controlling yourself
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Adrienne had made her calculations, as she fancied, with some attention to the ways of the world. Bitter experience was teaching her severe lessons, and she felt the necessity of paying more attention than had been her wont to the practices of men.
Pocket had invested the Prince's treasure in the ways of the world ever since, and it was supposed to have brought him in but indifferent interest.
They are young in the ways of the world, and not yet open to the mortifying conviction that handsome young men must have something to live on as well as the plain."
At that time I was rather ignorant of the ways of the world. During my journey to Washington, on a steamboat, when the bell rang for dinner, I was careful to wait and not enter the dining room until after the greater part of the passengers had finished their meal.
The brothers are very like each other, sitting face to face; but a certain massive simplicity and absence of usage in the ways of the world is all on the trooper's side.
"Oh, I am not angry, except with the ways of the world. I do like to be spoken to as if I had common-sense.
The life of Obed had been so purely theoretic, that his amazement was not the least embarrassing at a state of things which might not have proved so very remarkable had he been a little more practised in the ways of the world. The worthy naturalist was not the first by many, who found himself, at the precise moment when he was expecting praise, suddenly arraigned, to answer for the very conduct on which he rested all his claims to commendation.
"He possessed a formidable intellect and had a unique and incisive understanding of the ways of the world.
Sultan Alkhalil is playing the role of Yassin, who struggles with the ways of the world. He even strikes an unusual friendship with Vera (Aysha Shahalthough), who is out for vengeance.
It has been a source of gaining spiritual insights into the ways of the world. In fact, leaders have often equated reading as a marker of character, which is why people throughout history have invested considerable cultural resources in cultivating identities as lovers of books.
She is streetsmart and wise in the ways of the world, that's it.
However, as those very same young people grow older and become parents themselves, they learn about the ways of the world and admit that their parents were pretty much on the ball all along.