failing that

idiom

Definition of failing that

formal
: if something (already specified) does not happen or succeed We could try to persuade them by arguing or, failing that, we could threaten to cancel the deal.

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“Failing that.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/failing%20that. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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