The world is one's oyster

 

Q:

Would you please explain the meaning of the proverb:

"The world is one's oyster."

kogut lerge
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Posted 20 February 2003

A:

"The world is one's oyster" refers to a certain kind of good situation. The entry in The Collins Cobuild English Dictionary (HarperCollins, 1995) is:

If you say that the world is someone's oyster, you mean that they can do anything or go anywhere that they want to.

You're young, you've got a lot of opportunity. The world is your oyster.

The saying also implies that you won't have too many obstacles along the way, and if you do encounter any, you will easily overcome them.