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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for kingdom come

afterlife, hereafter

Examples from the Web for kingdom come

Historical Examples of kingdom come

  • What is the use of a straw hat and smoked spectacles in kingdom-come?

    Queen Sheba's Ring

    H. Rider Haggard

  • He says he could drive them to Kingdom-Come and they would not turn their hair.

  • They can wash to kingdom-come and back again for what I care.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

  • Them are the boys that marched to Kingdom-Come ahead of us, but we keep fallin' in line.

  • Tell him he'll be everlasting blasted in kingdom-come if he don't act clean and hold on.

    Joyce of the North Woods

    Harriet T. Comstock

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

kingdom come in Culture

kingdom come

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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