when pigs fly

Submitted by Guest on Fri, 21/12/2012 - 17:06

when pigs fly (English) — عندما تطير الخنازير أي مستحيل أو من سابع المستحيلات

Arabic, explained by MUSTAFA MAHMOOD on Sun, 11/09/2016 - 16:41

when pigs fly — عندما تطير الخنازير ، تقال عندما يكون من المستحيل حدوث شيئاً ما
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Arabic, explained by Merna on Mon, 23/01/2017 - 15:38

when pigs fly — Եթէ կոճղը ծիլ տայ:
Literally said: If the log buds!
The story is about a coppler's apprentice who swears to a frequenting creditor: "If this log buds you would get your money!"

Trust the people who kept their promise, a matter of honor.

Do you think creditor gave up? Neighbors have seen him watering the log.

Կը պատմուի թէ հնակարկատին աշակերտը, այսպէս երդուել է յաճախող պարտատիրոջը. «Եթե այս կոճղը ծաղկի դուք ալ կը ստանաք ձեր գումարը»

Վստահեք այն մարդկանց, ովքեր պահում են իրենց խոստումը պատվի:

Ինչ եք կարծում, պարտատերը յուսայատել է՞: Հարեւանները տեսել ենվկոճղին ամենօրեայ անոր ջրելը:

Armenian, explained by Vartan on Thu, 21/07/2016 - 12:48

when pigs fly — когато полетят прасетата
на кукуво лято

Bulgarian, explained by Ubstzr on Sat, 29/10/2016 - 13:57

when pigs fly — Nikada

Croatian, explained by Mate Pralija on Fri, 03/06/2016 - 06:31

when pigs fly — 'when pigs fly' znamená 'až prasata budou letět' v češtině, znamená to prakticky až naprší a uschne, něco co se nikdy nestane.

Czech, explained by Lukáš Le on Sun, 21/08/2016 - 23:45

when pigs fly — "When pigs fly" is an adynaton, a way of saying that something will never happen. The phrase is often used for humorous effect, to scoff at over-ambition. There are numerous variations on the theme; when an individual with a reputation for failure finally succeeds, onlookers may sarcastically claim to see a flying pig. ("Hey look! A flying pig!") [1] Other variations on the phrase include "And pigs will fly," this one in retort to an outlandish statement.

English, explained by Đ ε Ł ε ε μ ω on Sun, 21/08/2016 - 16:08
Is this an expression used in the US? Is it used anywhere else? - Besatnias 16 weeks ago

when pigs fly — It means something that will never happen.
Example:

John:Natalia will you date me?
Natalia:When pigs fly. (which means no or never)

English, explained by mabushii on Sat, 22/12/2012 - 03:40

"When pigs have wings."

You hear this version more often.

- lyricata 37 weeks ago
No you don't. Certainly not in North America (Canada/USA), anyhow. - Ditzygypsy 31 weeks ago

when pigs fly — Yes, but "once in a blue moon" is surely not an equivalent! never and rarely isn't the same...

English, explained by Mauler on Thu, 27/12/2012 - 20:22
I think so, too: "alle Jubeljahre" and "once in a blue moon" surely are not the same. But doesn't "when pigs fly" mean the same as "once in a blue moon"? - Sciera 4 years ago
surely not - Mauler 4 years ago

when pigs fly — Isang bagay kailanmang hindi maaring mangyari

Filipino/Tagalog, explained by hariboneagle927 on Mon, 24/12/2012 - 12:02

when pigs fly — Littéralement: Quand les cochons voleront
Équivalence française: Quand les poules auront des dents

French, explained by crimson_antics on Sat, 22/12/2012 - 22:56

when pigs fly — Δεν πρόκειται να γίνει

Greek, explained by Stavroula on Sun, 11/09/2016 - 16:38

when pigs fly — Cand o zbura porcul

Romanian, explained by Dammie on Mon, 19/12/2016 - 10:15

when pigs fly — Дословно: когда свинья взлетит
Русские аналоги: когда рак на горе свистнет, после дождичка в четверг

Russian, explained by Guest on Fri, 21/12/2012 - 17:06

when pigs fly — Kad svinje polete/ Kad na vrbi rodi grožđe/ Nikad

Serbian, explained by Delly on Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:53

when pigs fly — дословно „када свиње полете”; „кад' на врби роди грожђе”

Serbian, explained by Pavlica on Fri, 21/12/2012 - 21:00

when pigs fly — När grisar flyger

Swedish, explained by SoPink on Sun, 07/08/2016 - 18:17

when pigs fly — Temmuzda kar yağınca.

Turkish, explained by Mert Ozturk on Sat, 18/02/2017 - 17:53

when pigs fly — Kırmızı kar yağınca (Türkçe) - Asla olmayacak bir olayı veya durumu anlatmak için kullanılır

Turkish, explained by Ufuk TANACI on Wed, 14/09/2016 - 18:39

Translations of "when pigs fly"

Arabicتلاتين شباط
Arabic (other varieties)اذا حجت البقر على قرونها
BelarusianНа тое лета, пасля абеда, гэтакаю парою
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Bulgarianкогато цъфнат налъмите
Catalanquan les vaques volin
CroatianMalo sutra
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CzechAž naprší a uschne
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DutchAls de kippetjes tanden krijgen
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Dutchals Pasen en Pinksteren op één dag vallen
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Englishthat will be the day
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Englishwhen hell freezes over
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Englishon a cold day on hell
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Estoniankui sead lendavad
Filipino/TagalogKapag umitim ang tagak
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Filipino/Tagalogkapag pumuti ang uwak
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FinnishKun lehmät lentää
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FrenchJe partirais quand les poules auront des dents !
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FrenchLa semaine des quatres jeudis
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FrenchTous les trente-six du mois
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FrenchQuand les poules auront des dents
Germanwenn Ostern und Pfingsten auf einen Tag fallen
Germanam Nimmerleinstag
Germanzu Pfingsten auf dem Eise
Germanalle Jubeljahre (wieder)
GreekΤου Αγίου Ποτέ
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GreekΣτον μήνα που δεν έχει εννιά
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Greek (Cypriot)Την κότσιηνη Πέφτη
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HungarianMajd ha piros hó esik
HungarianSohanapján kiskedden
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English #1, #2
Indonesiansampai lebaran monyet
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ItalianAlle calende greche
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ItalianQuando gli asini voleranno
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ItalianCuando Pascua viene a maggio
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Korean해가 서쪽에서 뜬다면
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MacedonianЌе биде кога ќе летаат свињите!
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Persianشتر در خواب بیند پنبه دانه
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Persianزهی خیال خام ، زهی خیال باطل
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Persianوقت گل ني
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English #1, #2, #3
Persianسالي به دوازده ما
PortugueseUma vez na vida e outra na morte.
PortugueseNem que a vaca tussa
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RomanianCand o face plopul mere și răchita micșunele...
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Romaniancând va zbura porcul
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Romaniancând o să zboare porcul
Romanianla paştele cailor
Russianна турецкую пасху
Russianтридцать первого июня
RussianКогда рак на горе свистнет
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RussianПосле дождичка в четверг
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SerbianКад на врби роди грожђе
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SerbianНа Куково лето
SloveneIn potem svizec zavije čokolado v folijo
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SpanishDe guindas a brevas
SpanishCuando las vacas vuelen
SpanishCuando las ranas críen pelo
Spanishcuando las gallinas críen dientes
SpanishCada muerte de obispo/ De Pascuas a Ramos
Tajikкай думи шутур ба замин меафтад
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Thaiตอนเซเว่นปิด
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Turkishasla, hicbir zaman
Turkishiki dünya bir araya gelince
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TurkishÇıkmaz ayın son çarşambasında
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English #1, #2, #3
Turkishkırmızı karlar yağdığında
TurkishBalık kavağa çıkınca.
Turkishkırk yılda bir
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Turkish (Anatolian dialects)balik kavaga ciktigi zaman
UkrainianЩось у лісі здохло
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Ukrainianна Миколи та й ніколи
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"when pigs fly " in lyrics

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve

When you’ve got twelve beauties under your belt 1
Two duchesses and ten typists
What will you have gained except
Except for a bit of lead

  • 1. ‘literally 'in the skin’ there's also an allusion to "avoir une balle dans la peu" to have taken a bullet.
Serge Gainsbourg - Twelve beauties under your belt