• It originated in the theater - opera to be exact. The last act usually had a song that went with it and lady opera singers are traditionally known to be fat. Thus, the song at the end of the final act being sung by a fat lady would signify the opera being over. The phrase has since referred to other things that have indefinite ending times.
  • I agree with 1465. But would like to add that it also refers to something not being over till the end because you never know how its going to turn out.
    • mushroom
      As Yogi Berra put it "It ain't over 'til it's over."
    • Army Veteran
      "Yogisms" are fun. I like to make up my own, although I can't recall any at the moment.
  • at the end of an opera, the fat singer sings
  • Based on opera's final songs.
  • Usually it happens at the end of the opera.

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