Idiom: When pigs fly
Idiom meaning: when pigs fly
When pigs fly? Ummm, when was the last time you saw a pig fly? That's right, never. Pigs don't have wings so they can't fly. It's not possible.
When pigs fly: Never.
- We use this phrase to say that something is never going to happen.
- It's sometimes also used to describe things that have a very small chance of happening.
- Frequently, it's used to respond in disbelief to another person's statement or question.
- "Mom, do you think dad will let me drive his Mercedes sports can after I get my license?" "When pigs fly! You'll be lucky to be able to drive the Ford Escort."
- "Do you think I'll be able to be a super model one day?" "When pigs fly! You're only 5'1" tall."
- I'll vote for Donald Trump for president when pigs fly!
- "When will Steven propose to Cathy? They've been living together a long time." "When pigs fly! You know he's gay and they're just roommates, right?"
- "When will my dog stop chasing the neighbor's cat?" "When pigs fly! He's a dog so it's part of his nature."
- When pigs fly I'll go out on a date with you.
- When my boss asked me to make him coffee I told him it'd be ready when pigs fly.
- I guess I can expect you to clean your room when pigs fly?
- "Do you think I'll get promoted to the senior media associate position?" "When pigs fly! You'll have to get a degree in media relations and speak at least two languages fluently."
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