make the world go around

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make the world go around

  1. (idiomatic) To play an essential role in causing the things in life to work as they should; to underlie the fulfillment of the needs of human existence.
    • 1907, O. Henry, "Cupid á la carte" in Heart of the West:
      "But say, Jeff, it's said that love makes the world go around. Let me tell you, the announcement lacks verification. . . . Love and business and family and religion and art and patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man's starving!"
    • 1992 March 22, Vincent Canby, "Review/Film Festival: Roundelay Of Love On an Isle In Wartime," New York Times (retrieved 5 Oct 2015):
      Gabriele Salvatores's "Mediterraneo" is a deliberately charming comedy whose most daring conceit is that love, in one form and another, makes the world go around.
    • 2012 April 18, C. J., "Mann knows it's a fine line between eccentric, crazy," Minneapolis StarTribune (retrieved 5 Oct 2015):
      "It takes all kinds of people to make this world go around. . . . We all need to work together," she said.
    • 2014 Jan. 15, Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin, "How to get your finances in home-buying shape," Washington Post (retrieved 5 Oct 2015):
      Money makes the world go around. And every year we make resolutions to save more of it, invest it more profitably and spend more wisely.
    • 2015 Sept. 12, Alisa Boswell, "FFA student talks about her passion," Potales News-Tribune (retrieved 5 Oct 2015):
      Waller said agriculture makes the world go around, and there would be no clothing and no food without it.

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