to kingdom come


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to kingdom come

1. To heaven or the afterlife. The phrase, used especially after the verb "blow" (as in "blow up") is taken from the Lord's Prayer. You all need to be very careful not to blow us to kingdom come while doing this experiment in the lab. He ordered his troops to blast the rebels to kingdom come.
2. To a huge or great degree; for an inordinate amount of time. As soon as the pharmaceutical company got a monopoly on the drugs, it began jacking up the prices to kingdom come on all of them. We're stuck, Jim—spinning the wheels to kingdom come isn't going to get us anywhere.
See also: come, kingdom

to kingdom come

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from here to kingdom come

If something happens or is done to kingdom come or from here to kingdom come, it happens or is done over a large distance. We will chase them from here to kingdom come. The wind threatened to blow all the tents from here to kingdom come. Note: This comes from the line `Thy kingdom come' in the Lord's Prayer in the Bible. (Matthew 6:10)
See also: come, kingdom

to kingdom come

into the next world. informal
Kingdom come is the next world or eternity; it comes from the clause in the Lord's Prayer thy kingdom come .
1996 Total Sport Graham Gooch may be fast approaching his mid-forties but the old boy still clatters most bowlers to Kingdom come.
See also: come, kingdom