Posted by ESC on February 07, 2004
In Reply to: Re: Meaning of phrase posted by Gary on February 07, 2004
: : Can anyone tell me the meaning of the phrase
: : "if wishes were horses, pigs would fly."
: : Thanks in anticipation.
: You've got two separate phrases muddled there. "Pigs might fly" is an ironic response to an unlikely proposition. For example, "Iraq has WMD that they might use to attack London" - "Yes, and pigs might fly".
: The other is "If wishes were horses then beggars would ride", which is pretty much self-explanatory.
From the archives:
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride
If turnips were swords, I'd wear one by my side
If ifs and ands were pots and pans,
there'd be no need for tinkers' hands"
For other variations: see http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/17/messages/1213.html