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kingdom come

noun
1.
the next world; the hereafter; heaven.
2.
Informal. a place or future time seemingly very remote:
You could keep it up till kingdom come.
Origin of kingdom come
1775-1785
1775-85; extracted from the phrase Thy kingdom come in the Lord's Prayer
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  • As Young tersely expressed it, we had "given the whole outfit a through bill of lading to kingdom come!"

    The Aztec Treasure-House Thomas Allibone Janvier
  • This is a story of Kentucky, in a settlement known as "kingdom come."

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • This is a story of Kentucky, in a settlement known as “kingdom come.”

    The Blue Wall Richard Washburn Child
  • For the last time—— Do you give me the map, or do I give you a pass to kingdom come?

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • Why he hadn't been blown to kingdom come months before was a profound mystery.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • Gleazen gasped, "he has set sail now for the port of kingdom come!"

    The Great Quest Charles Boardman Hawes
  • As for Sam, let him pass; he'll not grind the poor, nor truckle to the rich, when he gives up his stewardship in the kingdom come.

    The Poor Scholar William Carleton
  • “Blown to kingdom come, I reckon,” murmured the youngest Rover.

    The Rover Boys Down East Arthur M. Winfield
  • Warned, they were capable of blowing the house to kingdom come, themselves with it.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for kingdom come

kingdom come

noun
1.
the next world; life after death
2.
(informal) the end of the world (esp in the phrase until kingdom come)
3.
(informal) unconsciousness or death
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kingdom come in Culture

kingdom come definition


The next world; the afterlife: “The superpowers have enough nuclear warheads to blow the entire world to kingdom come.” An allusion to the Lord's Prayer: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.”

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