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Related to kingdom: Kingdom of God, phylum
the keys to the kingdom
A resource that will give the possessor access to the most complete or profound knowledge or power possible in a given area or pursuit. A reference to Matthew 16:19, when Jesus said to Peter: "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Whatever you do, don't lose this external hard drive with all of our accounts and passwords. Anyone who has it will have the keys to the kingdom! Whichever candidate reaches the most citizens at a fundamental, grassroots level will have the keys to the kingdom securely in hand.
until kingdom come
For a very long, indefinite amount of time; forever. Although we don't have to pay for medical care in this country, you'll sometimes be waiting until kingdom come to receive elective treatment. My wife and her sister will talk on the phone until kingdom come if nothing interrupts them!
1. The end of time. Although you don't have to pay for medical care in this country, you'll sometimes be waiting until kingdom come to receive elective treatment. My wife and her sister will talk on the phone until kingdom come if nothing interrupts them!
2. Heaven; the afterlife. Often used humorously, the phrase is taken from the Lord's Prayer. You all need to be very careful not to blow us to kingdom come while doing this experiment in the lab.
my kingdom for a horse
I would give all that I have for the thing that I currently lack. The phrase comes from Shakespeare's Richard III, when the title character bemoans his lack of a horse in the midst of a losing battle. I'm so thirsty—ugh, my kingdom for a horse! Or, better yet, for a drink of water!
blow someone or something to kingdom come
Fig. to destroy someone or something by means of an explosion. You'd better get that gas leak fixed or it will blow you and your car to kingdom come.
till kingdom come
Fig. until the end of the world; forever. Do I have to keep assembling these units till kingdom come? I'll hate her guts till kingdom come.
blast/blow somebody/something to kingdom come(informal)
to kill someone or destroy something by using a gun or bomb Fifteen soldiers were blown to kingdom come in the attack. Police discovered a bomb which was large enough to blast the whole town to kingdom come.
till/until kingdom come
for a very long time
Usage notes: 'Until Kingdom come' is a phrase from a prayer in the Bible and means 'until the world ends'.I don't want to wait until kingdom come for you to decide what you're doing.
till kingdom come
mod. until the end of the world; forever. I’ll hate her guts till kingdom come.