pigs might fly

Definition of pigs might fly

British, informal
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

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

  2. : a wild or domesicated swine regardless of age or weight

  3. : pork

  1. : farrow

  2. : to live like a pig

  3. : farrow

might play
  1. : past tense of may

  2. used to express permission, liberty, probability, or possibility in the past

  3. used to say that something is possible

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

  2. : bodily strength

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

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

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

  3. : to float, wave, or soar in the air

  1. : the action or process of flying : flight

  2. : 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

  3. : flywheel

  1. : to hit a fly in baseball

  1. : a winged insect

  2. : 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

  3. : a large stout-bodied fly

  1. : keen, artful


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