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English translation: never


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English term or phrase:when pigs fly
English translation:never
Entered by: Fuad Yahya
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16:23 Apr 1, 2004
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Art/Literary - Linguistics
English term or phrase: when pigs fly
This will happen when pigs fly.
Harinder Dhillon
Local time: 22:29
This will never happen.
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Fuad Yahya
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Summary of answers provided
5 +32Never
Fuad Yahya
5when hell freezes over
5=unless the sun would rise from the West
Haoming Zhong
4It happens now.
Ray Luo

Discussion entries: 1



2 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +32

This will never happen.

Fuad Yahya
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 36

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agree  xxxElena Sgarbo: Hi Fuad :-)
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agree  Vicky Papaprodromou
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agree  Kornelia Longoria
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agree  Marian Greenfield
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agree  senin
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agree  ntext
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agree  hookmv
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agree  jccantrell
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agree  Kristina Thorne
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agree  María Teresa Taylor Oliver: Spanish equivalent: cuando las ranas críen pelo :)
17 mins

agree  mk_lab: Or, in very specific situations... Russian equivalent: "When crab whistle"
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agree  Ana Juliá
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agree  PCovs: This happening is just as likely as pigs flying.
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agree  Java Cafe
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agree  Lisa Lloyd
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agree  Hacene
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agree  DGK T-I: agree Fuad & PCovs ~
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agree  Dorota Cooper: pigs will never fly; thus, never :)
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agree  Ilaria Galli
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agree  Armorel Young
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agree  NancyLynn
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agree  vixen
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agree  Penelope Ausejo
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agree  mportal: this is a facetious way of saying that something is so unlikely it will never happen
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agree  Huijer
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agree  Jörgen Slet
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agree  Heidi Stone-Schaller
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agree  elenus
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agree  Krisztina Lelik
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agree  xxxAlfa Trans
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agree  chopra_2002
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agree  chica nueva: Pigs might fly (humorous saying) = said when you think that there is no chance at all of something happening eg "I'll have finished it by tomorrow.""And pigs might fly!" (Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
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43 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
It happens now.


When pigs fly, airline embarrassed
October 27, 2000
Web posted at: 9:45 PM EDT (0145 GMT)
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) -- Yes, a pig really flew -- first class.
It flew US Airways, and the company, embarrassed, says it's never going to let it happen again.
On October 17, the six-hour flight from Philadelphia to Seattle carried 201 passengers -- 200 people and one hog, which sat on the floor in the first row of first class.

When Pigs Fly Appetizers
4 Boneless Pork Chops, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2 teaspoons Vegetable Oil
1 bottle (14-ounce) hot-style catsup
3 tablespoons Honey
2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
2-3 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper

Copyright © When Pigs Fly 1999

"When Pigs Fly" CD

When Pigs Fly! Interactive 3D Screensaver
Version 1.2 for Windows - 10/12/2003
Robert Bennett

GoEnglish.com Pocket English Idioms
When pigs fly is an informal way to joke that you will never do something. Example: "Do you think you will ever work at that company again?" Reply: "When pigs fly!"

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Ray Luo
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:29
Native speaker of: Native in ChineseChinese

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Java Cafe: Funny!
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neutral  PCovs: Quite funny! :o)))
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neutral  Jörgen Slet: very good
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23 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
when hell freezes over

Esperá sentado/a
It'll be a cold day in hell before...
when cows grow wings
when the Heavens fall from the sky

Local time: 01:29
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SpanishSpanish
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1 day 12 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
=unless the sun would rise from the West

Similiar to an old Chinese saying: unless the sun would rise from the West (³ý·ÇÌ«Ñô´ÓÎ÷±ß³ö), i.e., something impossible

A related saying: Pigs might fly (ÎÚ¼¦Ò²Äܱä·ï»Ë)

Haoming Zhong
Local time: 12:29
Native speaker of: Native in ChineseChinese
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