the opera isn’t over till the fat lady sings

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1978 Washington Post 13 June B1 The opera isn’t over till the fat lady sings... One day three years ago, Ralph Carpenter, who was then Texas Tech’s sports information director, declared to the press box contingent in Austin, ‘The rodeo ain’t over till the bull riders ride.’ Stirred to top that deep insight, San Antonio sports editor Dan Cook countered with, ‘The opera ain’t over till the fat lady sings.’

1988 D. L. GILBERT Black Star Murders viii. As soon as the big blond Briinnhilde finished, it was over. All I could think about was the classic line about the opera never being over until the fat lady sings.

1992 Independent 11 Aug. 7 ‘You know, they say that the show’s never over until the fat lady sings,’ Mr Bolger said. ‘Well, I think it was her we heard warming up in the wings this week.’

2002 Times 2 July 19 [T]he Royal Opera House’s leading lady whose dress was set on fire by an on-stage candle is a classic case of it ain’t over till the fat lady singes.


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  • It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings — is a proverb, essentially meaning that one shouldn t assume the outcome of some activity (frequently a sports game) until it has actually finished.This phrase in turn refers to the impression by many of Wagner s Der Ring des Nibelungen (aka the… …   Wikipedia

  • it isn't over till the fat lady sings — ► it isn t over till the fat lady sings there is still time for a situation to change. [ORIGIN: by association with the final aria in tragic opera.] Main Entry: ↑lady …   English terms dictionary

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