Often used in a punny or DoubleEntendre manner, something is described as giving a whole meaning to a particular expression.

Compare IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/BallsOfFury'': "Gives '[[Film/TheKarateKid wax on]]' a whole new mea-" (gets cut off by her father).
* In ''Film/Tremors2Aftershocks'', Earl comments that the wide array of weapons, ammo and survival gear that Burt brought with him "[[CrazyPrepared puts a brand new shine on the word 'overkill',"]] to which Burt quips back that "When you ''need'' it, and you don't ''got'' it, you sing a different tune." By the end of the movie, [[ProperlyParanoid Burt ends up needing and using every last bit of the stuff he brought]].


[[folder: Literature ]]

* The ''Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse'' novel series ''Invasion!'' revolves around aliens who inspired mythologies of demons on Earth. When they return with the intention to retake what used to be their planet, it's referred to as bringing a new meaning to the phrase "Hell on Earth". Or perhaps a very old meaning.
* One of the many rumored resting places of the Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa was underneath one of the end zones at the old Giants Stadium in [[UsefulNotes/NewJersey the Meadowlands]] (Hoffa disappeared while the stadium was under construction), which led a 2001 ''Sports Illustrated'' article to quip that "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punter_(football)#Coffin_corner coffin corner]]" takes on a special meaning there. (For the record, ''LiveActionTV/{{Mythbusters}}'' found no evidence of any human remains there when they tried it out in 2003.)


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' - During a Megazord fight with an ice monster. "This gives new meaning to the phrase "Chillin' like a villain!""
* It isn't an episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' without Chloe and/or Lois saying this at least once.
* The PoliceProcedural, or at least ''Series/{{CSI}}'', seems to favor this kind of OneLiner.
** In ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'', Maka gives a OneLiner regarding a bride who died before her wedding: "Gives a whole new meaning to the term 'cold feet'" in "Til Death do we Part."
** In ''Series/CSIMiami'', "Breathless," Alexx quips "Gives a whole new meaning to the term 'Members Only'" after... well the context is unknown, but apparently nicotine got inside someone's penis, presumably a corpse's.
** Does ''not'' occur in a ''[[Series/{{CSINY}} New York]]'' episode where a house is literally moved by road and transported across the East River.
* In ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', a critic describes Dick's performance in ''Romeo and Juliet'' as "Giving a whole new meaning to the word 'tragedy'". Dick decides to quit acting after this - he was so successful he redefined a whole artform, any more would compromise the mission.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Simpsons}}'', as the queen catches fire Lenny takes it upon himself to yell "It gives a whole new meaning to the term 'Flaming Queen!"
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' made a joke about the same term; after a British pub that replaced the Drunken Clam burns down, the reporter on the scene holds up a scorched picture of Elizabeth II, saying it gives a new meaning to the phrase "check out that flaming queen".
* The circumstances in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'' forced [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Cyril Sneer]] at one point to throw wads of bills into the furnace of a steam train to keep it moving, prompting him to state that he'd heard of 'burning money'...


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