window on the world

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Noun[edit]

window on the world (plural windows on the world)

  1. (idiomatic) Something which provides information about or interaction with a variety of people, places, events, or things outside of one's immediate sphere of experience.
    • 1979 April 30, "Business: Hong Kong's Golden Link," Time (retrieved 3 Dec 2017)
      In short, China's pragmatic post-Mao leaders value Hong Kong as a window on the world and a source of foreign exchange, investment capital and expertise.
    • 1998, William A. Sherden, The Fortune Sellers: The Big Business of Buying and Selling Predictions, ISBN 0471181781, ch. 1 (reprinted in the New York Times):
      Perhaps the clearest example is the growing popularity of personal computers that give people a window on the world. The Internet and commercial network services provide all kinds of information (good and not so good), and interpersonal contact through electronic mail, various discussion groups, and message boards.
    • 2006 July 26, "Obituary: Professor Frank Willett," Telegraph (UK) (retrieved 3 Dec 2017)
      [H]is main concern was to reaffirm the enduring value of museums as windows on the world.
    • 2014 September 18, Carol Goar "Another Canadian window on the world closes," The Star (Canada) (retrieved 3 Dec 2017)
      (subtitle) The North-South Institute, a once-venerated foreign policy think-tank, quietly shuts down.