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    take over

    Traditional custom, taken the world over, is a mass of detailed behaviour more astonishing than what any one person can ever evolve in individual actions, no matter how aberrant.

    I think "taken the world over" means "considered globally".

    But I don't know why it is written like this.

    Does it equal "which is taken the world over"?

    What does "take over" mean in this expression?

    Thanks!

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    Re: take over

    Traditional custom, taken the world over, is a mass of detailed behaviour more astonishing than what any one person can ever evolve in individual actions, no matter how aberrant.

    I think "taken the world over" means "considered globally".
    But I don't know why it is written like this.
    Does it equal "which is taken the world over"?
    What does "take over" mean in this expression
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    You're right, it does mean "considered globally". Specifically, this is "taken" in the sense of "considered" or "viewed", and "the world over" means, of course, across the whole world, globally.
    So the phrasal verb "take over" (dominate, assume control) is irrelevant to this context.

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    Re: take over

    Thanks. So"the world over"="over the world".

    Am I right?

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    Re: take over

    Thanks. So"the world over"="over the world".

    Yes, with the addition of "all" in this sort of context.
    Movies are popular the world over. = Movies are popular all over the world.

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