till the fat lady sings

till the fat lady sings

 and when the fat lady sings
Fig. at the end; a long time from now. (Supposedly from a tale about a child—sitting through an opera—who asks a parent when it will be over. "Not until the fat lady sings" is the answer.) Relax. It won't be over till the fat lady sings. We can leave with everybody else when the fat lady sings.
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till the fat lady sings

and when the fat lady sings
mod. at the end; a long time from now. (Supposedly from a tale about a child—sitting through an opera—who asks a parent when it will be over. “Not until the fat lady sings” is the answer.) Relax. It won’t be over till the fat lady sings. This trial will be over when the fat lady sings, and that’s all there is to it!
See also: fat, lady, sing, till
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But as they say, it ain't over till the fat lady sings and no one has heard her warming up just yet.
Gary Butterfield IT'S not over till the fat lady sings.
She was 66-1, got off to a great start, and famously warned 'it's not over till the fat lady sings, and I'm not singing yet
There is also evidence that the saying is older and originated in America's Deep South in the form of: "Church ain't over till the fat lady sings.
Diversity were the better act on the night without doubt, but as the saying goes, it ain't over till the fat lady sings.
The run-in for Alloa looks to be much easier than ours but it's never over till the fat lady sings, although she must be mighty close to it.
RB says: It's not over till the Fat Lady sings, Steve - but I can hear her warming up and boy does she sound s weet
THEY say it ain't over till the fat lady sings so it was perhaps unfortunate that 1980s pop star Bonnie Tyler chose to make her comeback at Upton Park as the half-time entertainment.
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As I have said before, it's never over till the fat lady sings.
It's not over till the fat lady sings,'' said Dave Danielson, a meteorologist and trainer at the National Weather Service in Oxnard who predicts a wetter year than normal for Los Angeles.
People said I was down and out after the semi-final, but it's not over till the fat lady sings.
He is still the red-hot favourite ( but it really ain't over till the fat lady sings.
THEY say it's not over till the fat lady sings and as far as Partick Thistle fans are concerned she must be one hell of a size.
WE went in against the champs like lambs to the slaughter but it ain't over till the fat lady sings.