monkey's uncle

monkey's uncle

An impossibility. Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, especially the notion that man was descended from apes, was greeted with much skepticism, and especially in parts of the English-speaking world where Creationism held sway. Hence the expression “Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle,” which was used to show grave doubts about any and all seemingly improbable situations. Another animal phrase used by doubters and scorners was “when pigs fly.”
See also: uncle
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Whether it will return them to rock's top table is arguable but if these songs don't close at least one festival this summer then I'm a Stone Age monkey's uncle.
If that's false imprisonment and worthy of a one-year jail sentence I'm a monkey's uncle.
If that wasn't the most compelling piece of sports TV you'll see all year, then I'm a monkey's uncle.
If the moon is made of green cheese (or some equally preposterous statement, P), then I'm a monkey's uncle (Q).
Also new to amateurs is the musical Just So, based on five of Rudyard Kipling's stories, and Monkey's Uncle, by David Lewis, described as a side-splitting farce for the 21st Century - again, from Weinberger.
SOUTH Wales' latest reality star may be nicknamed ``chimp'', but this monkey's uncle - Mickey Farrell - is very proud of her.
BARONESS THATCHER: "If that lady is not on HRT, I'm a monkey's uncle.
Baroness Thatcher: If thatlady is not on HRT (1990), I'm a monkey's uncle.
He went on to compose music for such other films as "Rascal," "Run, Cougar, Run," "Summer Magic," "The Monkey's Uncle," "The Misadventures of Merlin Jones," "The Gnome-Mobile," "$1,000,000 Duck," and the 1981 animated feature, "The Fox and the Hound.
John McNeil, Clydebank, said: "I know a lot of Celtic fans won't want to hear this but the way Rangers are playing, if they don't win the league then I am a monkey's uncle.
If that's giving power back to the voter, I'm a monkey's uncle.
Tuesday saw the publication of the weights for the 2003 Martell Cognac Grand National, and if this isn't a cue for the biggest annual collection of whinges known to mankind, then I'm a monkey's uncle - and, unlike Michael Jackson, I've never had any kind of close relations with a chimpanzee.
Baroness Thatcher: If that lady is not on HRT, I'm a monkey's uncle.
The Disney Channel also means great family movies, and during the Free Preview these include "Dragonworld," "Stanley's Dragon," "The Chipmunk Adventure," "The Adventures Of Chip `N' Dale," "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey," "Benji, The Hunted," "That Darn Cat," "Three Caballeros," "Harry And The Hendersons," "Tall Tale," "Doctor Dolittle," "Cheetah," "The Monkey's Uncle," and "Monkeys, Go Home.