When pigs fly – it just isn’t going to happen!

"When pigs fly" is a snappy retort to say something isn't going to happen.

"When pigs fly" is a snappy retort to say something isn't going to happen.

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Earlier, I wrote about the phrase “save one’s bacon” which reminds me of a different idiom, “when pigs fly!

What does “when pigs fly” mean?

When pigs fly” is a retort someone uses when they want to say something like “it isn’t going to happen”.

The person who says this is trying to be clever and very emphatic when they are expressing their opposition or skepticism to the idea that the other person is saying.

Other similar ways to say this are  over my dead body,  ”when hell freezes over“, and last, but not least “not for all the tea in China“.

Examples of when pigs fly

“‘Steve, will you be voting for Obama in the November elections?’  Steve quipped, ‘When pigs fly.’”

“I asked for time off to go on vacation, but the response from my boss was ‘When pigs fly‘, we’re just too busy right now.”

Alright, now it is your turn.   Try using this phrase in a sentence of your own.   Please don’t say to yourself, “Write a sentence in  public? When pigs fly!”   Just do it!   The more you practice idioms, the more your English will sound native.   I’ll be here to provide helpful feedback.

Is there a way to say “when pigs fly” in Chinese?

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