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Two English phrases

Hello, I come with two unrelated English questions.

1) I’ve often heard the phrase “The world is your oyster” (or, my, his, her, or whatever pronoun fits the context).

I understand what the phrase means, but I am puzzled by the word oyster. Can anyone explain where this phrase comes from? I really don’t understand and I’m curious about how the world can be likened to an oyster!

2) I’m writing a short Downton Abbey fanfic. Is “knocked up” a term O’Brien would use when talking to Thomas about somebody who accidentally got pregnant?
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