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once in a blue moon

once in a blue moon

Meaning

  • very rarely
  • once after a long time
  • something that happens very seldom
  • on rare occasions
  • almost never

Example Sentences

  1. The earthquakes hits once in a blue moon in this part of the earth, we never felt it.
  2. I don’t know why she bought that music system – she use it once in a blue moon.
  3. “I think my grandson doesn’t loves me anymore, he comes to see me only once in a blue moon.”
  4. My Dad is working in Scotland and he visit home once in a blue moon since couple of years.
  5. Though, I trust in God very much, but I visit that famous temple only once in a blue moon.

Origin

The concept behind the origination of this idiom is second but rare appearance of the full moon in same month. Blue moon is the full moon that appears second time in same calendar month and this phenomenon happens only once in 32 months. Apart from that, sometime the full moon appears to be different in colour specially blue and orange and bigger in size.

This idiomatic expression is in use since 1800s.


Once in a blue moon idiom

  • Once in a blue moon meaning¬†with example sentences
  • Origin of the idiomatic phrase once in a blue moon
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11 Comments

  • Expression: Sushil writes on 26 April, 2017

    I joined spoken English class but I go to class once in a blue moon.

  • Expression: Shailendra writes on 25 March, 2017

    I play online games like once in a blue moon.

  • Expression: Jharna writes on 18 March, 2017

    Very nice answers and comments about this.

  • Expression: Shanthi writes on 16 February, 2017

    I think about future once in a blue moon.

  • Expression: Muniasamy Samy writes on 12 February, 2017

    Nice, add more idioms.

  • Expression: Sandy writes on 25 January, 2017

    I watch SRK Khan’s movie once in a blue moon.

  • Expression: Rich writes on 19 December, 2016

    I upload videos on YouTube, not very often but once in a blue moon. I found this video on YouTube about this phrase, its usage and origin…

  • Expression: Axel writes on 28 November, 2016

    Nice

  • Expression: Sharon writes on 5 November, 2015

    Once in a blue moon i go to the movie theater

    • Expression: Wawa Khan writes on 26 May, 2016

      Oh thank you.

    • Expression: Axel writes on 28 November, 2016

      That is a cool one great job.

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