pigs might fly

Definition of pigs might fly

British, informal

  1. —used as a response to something that seems unlikely to happen “This time I think he'll ask me to marry him!” “Yeah, and pigs might fly.”

Word by Word Definitions

pigplay pigs
  1. :  a young domesticated swine usually weighing less than 120 pounds (50 kilograms) — compare hog 1a

    :  a wild or domesicated swine regardless of age or weight

    :  pork

  1. :  farrow

    :  to live like a pig

    :  farrow

mightplay
  1. : past tense ofmay

    : used in auxiliary function to express permission, liberty, probability, possibility in the past or a present condition contrary to fact or less probability or possibility than may or as a polite alternative to may or to ought or should

  1. :  the power, authority, or resources wielded (as by an individual or group)

    :  bodily strength

    :  the power, energy, or intensity of which one is capable

  1. :  to move in or pass through the air with wings

    :  to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space

    :  to float, wave, or soar in the air

  1. :  the action or process of flying :  flight

    :  a device consisting of two or more radial vanes capable of rotating on a spindle to act as a fan or to govern the speed of clockwork or very light machinery

    :  flywheel

  1. :  to hit a fly in baseball

  1. :  any of a large order (Diptera) of winged or rarely wingless insects (such as the housefly, mosquito, or gnat) that have the anterior wings functional, the posterior wings reduced to halteres, and segmented often headless, eyeless, and legless larvae — compare maggot

    :  a large stout-bodied fly

    :  a fishhook dressed (as with feathers or tinsel) to suggest an insect

  1. :  keen, artful


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