it ain't over until/till the fat lady sings

Definition of it ain't over until/till the fat lady sings

US, informal
used to say that the final result of something (such as a sports contest) has not yet been decided and could still change
  • We're losing, but remember: it ain't over till the fat lady sings.

Word by Word Definitions

ain't play
  1. : am not : are not : is not

  2. : have not : has not

over play
  1. : across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space

  2. : forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  3. : across the brim

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

  2. used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

  3. used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. : upper, higher

  2. : outer, covering

  3. : excessive

  1. : to leap over

  1. : so as to exceed or surpass

  2. : excessive

  3. : to an excessive degree

until play
  1. : to

  2. used as a function word to indicate continuance (as of an action or condition) to a specified time

  3. : before

  1. : up to the time that : up to such time as

till play
  1. : until

  2. : to

  1. : until

  1. : to work by plowing, sowing, and raising crops : cultivate

  1. : a money drawer in a store or bank

  2. : a box, drawer, or tray in a receptacle (such as a cabinet or chest) used especially for valuables

  3. : the money contained in a till

  1. : unstratified glacial drift consisting of clay, sand, gravel, and boulders intermingled

fat play
  1. : notable for having an unusual amount of fat:

  2. : plump

  3. : having excessive body fat

  1. : to make fat : fatten

  1. : animal tissue consisting chiefly of cells distended with greasy or oily matter

  2. : oily or greasy matter making up the bulk of adipose tissue and often abundant in seeds

  3. : any of various compounds of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen that are glycerides of fatty acids, are the chief constituents of plant and animal fat, are a major class of energy-rich food, and are soluble in organic solvents but not in water

lady play
  1. : a woman having proprietary rights or authority especially as a feudal superior

  2. : a woman receiving the homage or devotion of a knight or lover

  3. : virgin mary

sing play sings
  1. : to produce musical tones by means of the voice

  2. : to utter words in musical tones and with musical inflections and modulations

  3. : to deliver songs as a trained or professional singer

  1. : a session of group singing


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