the way of the world

Way of the World, The

noun
a comedy of manners (1700) by William Congreve.
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the way of the world

noun
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" 
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