if memory serves


variants or if (my) memory serves me (correctly/right/rightly)
: if I remember accurately
The child's name was Rebecca Rose, if memory serves. She and her mother both died in the big influenza epidemic of 1918.Sue Grafton
It was on the third day, if my memory serves me right, that I saw the lad killed.H. G. Wells
He stated with hesitation that "If my memory serves me correctly, his name was John."

Examples of if memory serves in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, if memory serves, Jo, Beth, and the other girls didn’t spend that much time on fluorescent Rollerblades. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 20 July 2023 Then in the late 1970s, or early 1980s, if memory serves correct, cattle on a couple of the islands on the Aleutian chain had gone feral. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Dec. 2021 Though, if memory serves, their enchiladas turned out just fine. Beth Segal, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021 And that population if memory serves, is far more liberal than the population at large. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 10 Feb. 2011

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“If memory serves.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/if%20memory%20serves. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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