the world and his wife
- (hyperbole, chiefly, UK, Australia) Everyone; a great crowd; a jumbled assortment of people.
- The world and his wife were at the opening – we could barely move.
- 1957 July 4, General Secretary, The Textile Institute, A Guide to Careers: No. 32: Textile Technology, New Scientist, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=Ml0QYvF-SEoC&pg=PA42&lpg=PA42&dq=%22the+world+and+his+wife%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=vGbzSMdmDF&sig=dzL8qPHMtp40H3ztcbjRFiNCFL4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PhWCUKXBJq_2mAW87YHwCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22the%20world%20and%20his%20wife%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 42],
- The world and his wife are the customers for whom the textile industry supplies the greatest necessity next to food, and some of the greatest luxuries.
- See also Thesaurus:everybody.