Once in a lifetime

Idiom

Once in a lifetime

Definition

Once in a lifetime is an idiom that means something that happens only once and is unlikely to happen again.

Examples

I got the chance to meet the president – it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

I finally got to travel to Europe – it was a once in a lifetime experience.

Origin

The origin of this phrase is unknown, but it likely dates back to the 19th century.

FAQs

How often does a once in a lifetime event occur?

Once in a lifetime events are unique and will only happen once.