Have you ever encounter a situation or an opportunity that was so unique you thought it would never happen again? You might say that things like that happen once in a blue moon. Why? Well, a blue moon is so rare and happens not-so-frequent, that this expression is used when an event presents itself not very often.
Meaning / Synonyms
- very rarely
- once after a long time
- something that happens very seldom
- on rare occasions
- almost never
- hardly ever
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 I go to the cinema, only when there’s a film I really, really want to see.”
- “I’m very careful about what I eat so it’s only once in a blue moon I eat fast food.”
- ”Because I live abroad, I get to see my parents once in a blue moon.”
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