The quote, "The opera ain't over until the fat lady sings" originated with San Antonio sports broadcaster Dan Cook during a television newscast in April 1978. He coined the famous phrase after the first basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Washington Bullets during the 1977-78 National Basketball Association playoffs, to illustrate that while the Spurs had won once, the series was not over yet. The quote has often been attributed to Dick Motta, coach of the Washington Bullets basketball team, but it actually originated with Cook. Cook said his line was a takeoff on Yogi Berra's line, "The game isn't over 'til it's over," and this story behind the saying is recorded in the Library of Congress.
Source: "Dear Abby", San Francisco Chronicle, November 22, 1987.
Also: The Washington Post, June 11, 1978, p.D6. Source(s):
http://www.santacruzpl.org/readyref/files/d-f/fat.shtml It means your dealing with a stubborn person and it comes from opera. that you still have a chance..! It's a reference to opera... the "fat lady" would be the stereotypical opera star who would sing the best song (finale) at the end. So, the opera's not over until the fat lady sings. in the opera a fat lady wud always sing at the end of the show as like the closer, and since people wud think operas wer boring they wud say the phrase when they had 2 sit through sumthin boring it means like.when someone says something is over but you don't want it to be over or you are the kind of person who wants to be assured it is over..you says"it ain't over till the fat lady sings"
Sorry i don't know where it comes frombut i hope that helps you determine the meaning!
~Allie! It comes from Opera Performances where at the end of the opera the "Fat" lady with a VERY powerful voice would do the final song of the show hence...It's not over until the fat lady sings. Although it is not alway a "Fat" lady who sings. Usually found in contests of some sort, like baseball, football, etc.,. It means that if you're losing you shouldn't quit until the game's actually over. I think it was Yogi Berra (former Yankee's catcher and manager) who first said it. It's not over until its over.. This phrase is often said to remind people that it’s the final result that matters, often in a spirit of reassurance to the supporters of the losing team.
Others have suggest that it originated from Opera, but sports is where the phrase comes from. It really is a phrase spoken before a big trial or a test or some sort of trouble you need to go through, and you know you can't avoid, and the phrase comes from opera, when at the end, usually a lady sings (not necessarily fat, but usually fat). It's as if you build courage for yourself, that there's still a chance of succeeding, that you have not given up hope and you're ready to take on the challenge. You still have a chance because it is never over The "fat Lady" usually sings at the very end of an opera. The phrase simply means that it is not over until it is over. You can try to predict how things will turn out in a situation but you will never really now the outcome intil it is over (after the fat lady sings). it means there still hope
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