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What does the word report mean

what does the word report mean


the inhabitants of the earth; human society; the human race; a great quantity or amount, e.g. it makes a world of difference.

Examples: worlds of company, 1590; of ships, 1586.


  1. Our world is only a practical joke of God, like a bad day —Franz Kafka
  2. This world is like Noah’s Ark in which few men but many beasts embark —Samuel Butler
  3. The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination, but the combination is locked up in the safe —Peter de Vries
  4. The world is a gaming table so arranged that all who enter the casino must play and all must lose more or less heavily in the long run, though they win occasionally by the way —Samuel Butler
  5. The world is a looking glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face —William Makepeace Thackeray

The looking glass comparison from Vanity Fair continues as follows: “Frown at it and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion.”

  • The world is a mirror: what looks in looks out. It returns only what you lend it —Ludwig Boerne
  • The world is an expensive hotel; you pay dearly for each pleasure —Israel Salanter Lipkin
  • The world is like a beautiful book, but of little use to anyone who cannot read it —Carolo Goldon

    The original simile used the word ‘him’ instead of ‘anyone.’

  • The world is like a board with holes in it, and the square men have got into the round holes, and the round into the square —Bishop George Berkeley
  • The world is like a cucumber, today it’s in your hand, tomorrow up your arse —Arabic proverb
  • The world is like a drunken peasant. If you lift him into the saddle on one side, he will fall off on the other. One can’t help him, no matter how one tries —Martin Luther
  • The world is like a fair:

    people gather for a while, then part; some profit and rejoice, others lose and grieve —Bahya

  • The world is like a fountain-wheel: the buckets ascend full and descend empty —The Holy Bible/Exodus

    The biblical passage concludes with “Who’s rich today may not be so tomorrow.”

  • The world is like a foyer leading to the world to come —Rabbi Jacob

    In the Mishna, this continues with “Prepare yourself in the foyer, so that you may enter into the inner chamber.” Another version of this reads: “The world is like an antechamber to the next. Prepare yourself here that you may be admitted to the banquet hall there.”

  • The world is like a great staircase, some go up and others go down —Hipponax
  • The world is like a house, with the sky as a ceiling, the earth spread out like a carpet, the stars arrayed like lamps … and man its master —Bahya
  • The world is like a ladder: one goes up, another goes down —Immanuel of Rome
  • The world is like a map of antipathies … in which everyone picks the symbolic color of his difference —Juan Ramon Jimenez
  • The world is like an enormous spider web and if you touch it, however lightly, at any point, the vibration ripples to the remotest perimeter —Robert Penn Warren
  • The world is like an old coquette who conceals her age —Voltaire
  • The world is like a pump-wheel, through which the full is emptied and the empty filled —Naham Bratzlav
  • The world like a cradle rises and falls on a wave of confetti and funerals —Louis MacNeice
  • The world waits to be made over by each man who inhabits it, and it is made over every morning like a bed —William Saroyan
  • A world where cliches fit like a gown by Edith Head —Tom Nolan, New York Times Book Review, November 9, 1986

    The comparison to a Hollywood designer’s gowns was most appropriate as the book being reviewed had a Hollywood background.

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