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kingdom come

the next world; the hereafter; heaven.
Informal. a place or future time seemingly very remote:
You could keep it up till kingdom come.
Origin of kingdom come
First recorded in 1775-85; extracted from the phrase Thy kingdom come in the Lord's Prayer Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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

the next world; life after death
(informal) the end of the world (esp in the phrase until kingdom come)
(informal) unconsciousness or death
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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