when hell freezes over

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of when hell freezes over

informal + impolite
used to say that one thinks that something will never happen
  • I'll apologize when hell freezes over.

Word by Word Definitions

hell play
  1. : a nether world in which the dead continue to exist : hades

  2. : the nether realm of the devil and the demons in which condemned people suffer everlasting punishment

  3. : error, sin

freeze play freezes
  1. : to become congealed into ice by cold

  2. : to solidify as a result of abstraction of heat

  3. : to withstand freezing

  1. : an act or instance of freezing

  2. : the state of being frozen

  3. : a state of weather marked by low temperature especially when below the freezing point

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


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