never/not in a thousand/million/billion years

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of never/not in a thousand/million/billion years

informal
used as a strong way of saying that something is extremely unlikely or impossible
  • Never in a million years did I think she would quit her job.

Word by Word Definitions

never play
  1. : not ever : at no time

  2. : not in any degree : not under any condition

thousand play
  1. : a number equal to 10 times 100 — see Table of Numbers

  2. : a very large number

million play
  1. : a number equal to 1,000 times 1,000 — see Table of Numbers

  2. : a very large number

  3. : the mass of common people

billion play
  1. : a number equal to 1,000 million — see Table of Numbers

  2. : a very large number

year play years
  1. : the period of about 3651/4 solar days required for one revolution of the earth around the sun

  2. : the time required for the apparent sun to return to an arbitrary fixed or moving reference point in the sky

  3. : the time in which a planet completes a revolution about the sun


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