it ain't over till/until the fat lady sings

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it ain't over till/until the fat lady sings

The final outcome cannot be assumed or determined until a given situation, event, etc., is completely finished. ("Ain't" is a colloquial contraction of "is not.") The phrase refers to the stereotypically stout female sopranos of the opera, particularly the Valkyrie Brünnhilde, whose aria concludes Richard Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. It is often used in reference to organized competitions, such as sporting events, political elections, etc. A: "We're down by six points with only two minutes remaining. There's no way we can win now!" B: "Hey, it ain't over till the fat lady sings!" It's not looking likely that the senator will be elected to another term, but it ain't over until the fat lady sings.
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it ain’t/it’s not ˌover till the fat lady ˈsings

(saying) used near the end of a competition, race, etc. to say that it is not finished yet, especially when you think that the person/team who is losing still have a chance to win: Some people think he’s already lost the election, but it ain’t over till the fat lady sings, you know!This refers to the fact that some operas end with a woman singing before she dies.
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"It's not over until the fat lady sings and we're not done yet."
IT'S not over until the fat lady sings goes the saying, but on The Voice UK it's not over until the chairs stop turning.
The Crusaders need a minor miracle to qualify for the play-offs, hoping that winless Gateshead Thunder beat Oldham, but he knows that it's not over until the fat lady sings.
IT'S not over until the fat lady sings - or until Carl Davis dons a lurid frock coat and steps on to the Philharmonic Hall's podium.
However, it's not over until the fat lady sings. And they can't find the fat lady.
Well, they do say it's not over until the fat lady sings...
We won it a couple of years ago when I went on Sky and uttered the words: "It's not over until the fat lady sings, and I ain't singing yet." It's amazing just how many people remember that!
But it's not over until the fat lady sings, or in this instance the thin lady whips up 29 foeettes on tournate and is held triumphantly overhead one-handed by her partner.
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