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not in a month of Sundays
Not at any point; under absolutely no circumstances. Not in a month of Sundays did I think that I would actually win the lottery! A: "Do you think Samantha will agree to go on a date with Jake?" B: "Not in a month of Sundays!"
never in a month of Sundays
Not at any point; under absolutely no circumstances. Never in a month of Sundays did I think that I would actually win the lottery! A: "Do you think Samantha will agree to go on a date with Jake?" B: "Never in a month of Sundays!"
that/(one's) time of the month
The time, usually once a month, at which a woman begins to menstruate. I've had horrible cramps and have been really tired lately. It must be coming up on that time of the month again. A: "I made a joke about it being Sally's time of the month, and she punched me in the face!" B: "Good for her. You had it coming."
a month of Sundays
An impossible event used as an analogy for something the speaker thinks will never happen. You want to borrow my car? Oh, sure—in a month of Sundays! He is never going to graduate, not in a month of Sundays.
by the day
Per day; at a daily rate. You can't afford to miss work when you get paid by the day. I'm renting this hotel room by the day because I could get my next travel assignment at any time.
by the month
Per month; at a monthly rate. I'm renting this apartment by the month because I could get my next travel assignment at any time.
Consecutive days. If you've been sick for 10 days running, you should probably go to the doctor.
flavor of the month
Something temporary. The phrase is often used to describe fleeting romantic relationships. I wouldn't get too attached to Katie, she's just Ralph's flavor of the month—they'll break up in no time. You change majors all the time, and Biology is just the flavor of the month, trust me!
month after month
Repeatedly for consecutive months, usually for a long, indefinite period of time. I sometimes feel trapped by all the bills I have to pay, month after month.
month by month
1. During the course of each consecutive month. We've steadily been growing the userbase month by month.
2. Considering a month in comparison to the one before and after it. I think you need to look at your expenses month by month to see where you can try and save some money.
months on end
Several months in a row. We've been waiting to close on the house for months on end—when will this process finally be over?
Consecutive months. We've been waiting to close on the house for three months running—when will this process finally be over?
in a month of Sundays
At any point; under any circumstances. Used in the negative to convey that something will never happen. Not in a month of Sundays did I think that I would actually win the lottery! A: "Do you think Samantha will agree to go on a date with Jake?" B: "Not in a month of Sundays!"
by the day
one day at a time. I don't know when I'll have to leave town, so I rent this room by the day.
by the month
one month at a time. Not many apartments are rented by the month. I needed a car for a short while, so I rented one by the month.
days runningand weeks running; months running; years running
days in a series; months in a series; etc. (Follows a number.) I had a bad cold for five days running. For two years running, I brought work home from the office every night.
(I) haven't seen you in a month of Sundays.
Rur. I haven't seen you in a long time. Tom: Hi, Bill Haven't seen you in a month of Sundays! Bill: Hi, Tom. Long time no see. Bob: Well, Fred! Come right in! Haven't seen you in a month of Sundays! Fred: Good to see you, Uncle Bob.
in a coon's ageand in a month of Sundays
Rur. in a very long time. (The coon is a raccoon.) How are you? I haven't seen you in a coon's age. I haven't had a piece of apple pie this good in a coon's age.
See also: age
by the day
Also, by the hour or week or month or year . According to a specific time period, as in I'm renting this car by the day, or He's being paid by the hour. This usage generally describes some kind of rate. [1400s]
month of Sundays, a
A long time, as in I haven't seen Barbara in a month of Sundays. This expression, which would literally mean thirty weeks, has been used hyperbolically since it was first recorded in 1832. One writer suggests it originally connoted a long dreary time, since games and other kinds of amusement used to be forbidden on Sunday.
flavour of the monthmainly BRITISH
COMMON If someone or something is flavour of the month, they are very popular at the moment. Note: `Flavour' is spelled `flavor' in American English. One minute you're flavour of the month, top of the bestseller charts, and the next minute you're forgotten. Filmstars seem to be interested in whatever cause is the latest flavour of the month. Note: People sometimes mention other periods of time such as year, week, or moment instead of month. Monetarism was the flavour of the year. Suddenly, he was flavour of the moment on both sides of the Atlantic. Note: These expressions are often used to suggest that the popularity of someone or something is unlikely to last long. Note: American ice cream parlours used to select a particular flavour of the month in order to encourage people to try different flavours of ice cream.
not in a month of Sundaysor
never in a month of Sundays
If you say that something will not or will never happen in a month of Sundays, you mean it is very unlikely to happen. Their scheme will never work — not in a month of Sundays.
flavour of the monthsomeone or something that enjoys a short period of great popularity; the current fashion.
This phrase originated in a marketing campaign in American ice-cream parlours in the 1940s, when a particular flavour of ice cream would be singled out each month for special promotion.
a month of Sundaysa very long, seemingly endless period of time.
This expression may be a reference to the traditionally slow passage of Sundays as a result of religious restrictions on activity or entertainment. In a letter written in 1849 , G. E. Jewsbury talked of the absence of mail deliveries on Sundays, remarking: ‘If I don't get a better letter from you…you may pass “a month of Sundays” at breakfast without any letter from me’.
1998 Country Life All in all, the Ministry of Agriculture is gaining the no-nonsense, get-your-coats-off atmosphere that Jack Cunningham could not have managed in a month of Sundays.
flavour of the ˈmonth(especially British English) a person who is especially popular at the moment: If I were you, I’d keep quiet at the staff meeting. You’re not exactly flavour of the month with the boss at the moment.In the past, ice cream companies in the US would choose a particular flavour each month to advertise in their stores.
the day, week, month, etc. before ˈlastthe day, week, etc. just before the most recent one; two days, weeks, etc. ago: I haven’t seen him since the summer before last.
month after ˈmonthover a period of several months: Prices continue to rise month after month.
ˌmonth by ˈmonthas the months pass; each month: Her pain increased month by month.
(not for/in) a ˌmonth of ˈSundays(spoken) used to emphasize that something will never happen: ‘Do you think she’ll be able to sell the house at that price?’ ‘Not in a month of Sundays. It’s far too much.’
month of SundaysInformal
An indefinitely long period of time: It will take you a month of Sundays to chop all that wood.