if pigs had wings, they would/could fly

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if pigs had wings

A situation that will never come to pass. (Used to show skepticism or cynicism over someone's hypothetical remark.) Sometimes used in the full phrase "if pigs had wings, they would/could fly." Bob: "If we could just get Democrats and Republicans to agree on a tax reform bill, we could bring the deficit down in no time." Dave: "Sure, if pigs had wings!"
See also: if, pig, wing

if pigs had wings, they would/could fly

There is no chance of that ever happening. (Used to show skepticism or cynicism over someone's hypothetical remark.) Bob: "If we could just get Democrats and Republicans to agree on a tax reform bill, we could bring the deficit down in no time." Dave: "Sure, and if pigs had wings, they would fly!"
See also: could, fly, if, pig
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I suspect that most people rich enough to buy this car would never drive across Europe - they'd fly business class or take a biz jet and have a chauffeur meet them at the other end.
With the helo pad on uneven terrain, it was clear they'd fly out of ground effect during departure--before they got much help from effective translational lift (ETL).
The agency got in touch with Rebecca [Morgan, her modelling boss] and said they want me to go over for six weeks and that they'd fly me over.
RAF Shawbury is a helicopter base and whenever royalty had business up this end they'd fly in and we'd produce meals for them to see them on their way.
You used to shout over the field and they'd fly over to you.
There was a lot of emotion in the Hibs camp so we knew they'd fly out the traps.
This was a Puffin publication fair but they couldn't use real puffins because they'd fly away, so they hired two penguins.
Then, with wings snapping out, off they'd fly," he said.
allies and over Iraq, where they'd fly over 150,000 U.
I told him, 'I don't encourage this at this age, but because he'd been so persistent, I'd take a look at him if they'd fly out here.
Left to their own devices, young stars would twirl so fast that they'd fly apart.
The Bulgarian authorities told him they'd fly him home from America in business class so he could get a proper sleep.
It's our low-rent version of where those big beer companies would have these competitions where if you hear a certain sound when you open a beer bottle, they'd fly you and ten of your friends to Vegas for a week, and give you backstage passes for Celine Dion.
Some of my owners have said that if I wanted to ride in England during the week, they'd fly me back for the weekends for the big races.
They'd fly all right--straight dead on my ass with a vengeance for acting weird.