It aint over till or until the fat lady sings is a colloquialism which is often used as a proverbit means that one should not presume to know the outcome of an event which is still in progress more specifically the phrase is used when a situation is or appears to be nearing its conclusion. Charlie k asks where did the expression it aint over until the fat lady sings come from you might think the expression the opera aint over until the fat lady sings derives from some stereotypical fat lady singing to close out operas in particular some have theorized . It aint over till the fat lady sings the blues and church aint out till the fat lady sings are colloquial versions that have been reported the second example was listed in southern words and sayings by fabia rue and charles rayford smith in 1976. The phrase its not over until the fat lady sings is actually a mis quote the correct phrase is its not over until the fat lady sinks and has its origins in the game of billiards the black . The fat lady sings were a rock band from dublin ireland fronted by singer and songwriter nick kellyalmost immediately after forming in march 1986 they relocated to london and remained there for the rest of their career despite this they consistently enjoyed more media attention and commercial success in their native ireland with a series of five top 20 singles in 1990 91 than they did
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