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Alternative spelling of worldly-wise.
worldly + wise
He was the last man in the world to act on the worldly-wise maxim that an enemy should always be treated as if he may one day be a friend, and a friend as if he might become an enemy.
The consistency of her character throughout life makes it highly probable that even at the age of fifteen she was mature enough to adopt this worldly-wise line of conduct.
Maddie would like to think of herself as worldly wise and independent but she does have a softer side which emerges every so often.
She has a daughter called Heather - a very worldly-wise teenager who nevertheless keeps lovable white rats in the sitting-room.
The earliest to give expression to it was Virgil; but the spell was soon acknowledged by the colder and more worldly-wise Horace.
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