if need be


: if something becomes necessary
You can always call me at home if need be.
We'll leave without them if need be.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the best stackable washer/dryer sets can be unstacked and used side by side if need be. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 May 2023 The best way to enjoy Hot Water Beach: Within two hours before or after low tide, make your way to the rocks at the southern end of the beach, plant your shovel (several nearby cafes will rent you one if need be), and dig down. Madeline Bilis, Travel + Leisure, 11 Apr. 2023 The parts work seamlessly as a single unit but each part is autonomous and can be replaced if need be without disrupting the whole. Casper Rasmussen, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2023 This may even mean making additional purchases or engaging in additional spending if need be to earn the credit. Mia Taylor, Fortune, 20 Jan. 2023 Comer, though not one of the holdouts against McCarthy, isn't ruling out using the concession if need be. Brady Knox, Washington Examiner, 8 Jan. 2023 Wear it around the house or as an undershirt that can, if need be, also see the light of day. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 15 Dec. 2022 An outfit perfect for a ceremony and, if need be, fighting bad guys. André-naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 9 Nov. 2022 This includes building out and, if need be, transforming the US energy system. Kevin Johnson And Mark Ruffalo For, CNN, 17 May 2022 See More

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“If need be.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/if%20need%20be. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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