Definition of watch the world go by in English:

watch the world go by

Spend time observing other people going about their business: I love sitting here and watching the world go by
More example sentences
  • The only shame was that we had to go back to work, and couldn't spend all afternoon watching the world go by, from the comfort of the leather sofa!
  • How much of the woman's life was spent on that chair watching the world go by?
  • Normally, in this situation, I enjoy just sitting, watching the world go by.
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