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‘The world is your oyster’

‘The world is your oyster’

Have you had many opportunities in life?

Here’s an expression about good luck and opportunities.


A: ” I don’t know what to do now I’ve finished university! What do you think?”

B: “You can do anything you want – the world is your oyster! You could travel for a year, or get a job”.

B: ” You’re young and healthy, no commitments – the world is your oyster!”

Meaning: To be in a fortunate position that you can choose to take the opportunities that life has to offer. The world is yours!

History, origin of this phrase:

This phrase was coined by William Shakespeare and first appears in his play The Merry Wives Of Windsor.

Falstaff: “I will not lend thee a penny”

Pistol: “Why then the world’s mine oyster/Which I with sword will open.”

You will find more unusual idiomatic phrases like that here: www.letslearnenglish.co.uk

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