Everybody who is anybody is an idiom. An idiom is a commonly used word, group of words, or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery or metaphors, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise idea, and are often spoken or are considered informal or conversational. English idioms can illustrate emotion more quickly than a phrase that has a literal meaning, even when the etymology or origin of the idiomatic expression is lost. An idiom is a metaphorical figure of speech, and it is understood that it is not a use of literal language. Figures of speech like an often-used metaphor have definitions and connotations that go beyond the literal meaning of the words. Mastery of the turn of phrase of an idiom, which may use slang words or other parts of speech common in American slang or British slang, is essential for the English learner. Many English as a Second Language students do not understand idiomatic expressions and idiomatic language such as hit the sack, spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, silver lining, back to the drawing board, barking up the wrong tree, kick the bucket, hit the nail on the head, face the music, under the weather, piece of cake, when pigs fly, and raining cats and dogs, because they attempt to translate them word for word, which yields only the literal meaning. English phrases that are idioms should not be taken literally. In addition to learning vocabulary and grammar, one must understand the phrasing of the figurative language of idiomatic phrases in order to know English like a native speaker; it is helpful to maintain a list of phrases, common expressions, colloquial terms, and popular expressions to memorize that are used figuratively or idiomatically. We will examine the meaning of the common idiom everybody who is anybody, where it may have come from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.
Everybody who is anybody is a term that means the important people or the famous or socially prominent people. Everybody who is anybody is an elitist term, though it is sometimes used in a humorous fashion. The expression everybody who is anybody came into use in the mid-1800s to mean people who were considered important in high society circles; today it most often refers to people who are prominent in entertainment, politics, or fashion.
Everybody who is anybody has stayed at the du Cap, from the Jazz Age to our digital times. (Avenue Magazine)
That’s probably the reason why everybody who is anybody in the showbiz world keeps bodyguards. (Times of India)
So it was no surprise, then, when almost everybody who is anybody showed up on Friday morning to Mr. Dowe’s Gallows Bay Marine Facility ribbon cutting for the first phase of a project that officials expect will transform Gallows Bay into a bustling destination where tourists with deep pockets frequent, after deboarding their luxurious, small cruise ships to experience the island. (Virgin Islands Consortium)