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
  • Synonyms of once in a blue moon idiom

O 11 Comments

11 Comments

Author Sushil writes on 26th April 2017

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

Author Shailendra writes on 25th March 2017

I play online games like once in a blue moon.

Author Jharna writes on 18th March 2017

Very nice answers and comments about this.

Author Shanthi writes on 16th February 2017

I think about future once in a blue moon.

Author Muniasamy Samy writes on 12th February 2017

Nice, add more idioms.

Author Sandy writes on 25th January 2017

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

Author Rich writes on 19th 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…

Author Axel writes on 28th November 2016

Nice

Author Sharon writes on 5th November 2015

Once in a blue moon i go to the movie theater

Author Wawa Khan writes on 26th May 2016

Oh thank you.

Author Axel writes on 28th November 2016

That is a cool one great job.

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