if need be

idiom

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Two tomato stakes and a piece of anti-aircraft netting can work just as well and are easy to pack in, pack out, and move if need be. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 11 July 2024 Let someone else do that if need be, but don’t give up on yourself. Annie Daly, Allure, 9 July 2024 And some, particularly Saudi Arabia, have enough excess capacity to pump and export more oil if need be. Kenneth M. Pollack, Foreign Affairs, 16 Feb. 2016 But Xi’s hostile nationalism, aimed at a complete restoration of the borders of the Qing Empire, by force if need be, is a greater threat to the status quo than Mao’s shelling of Matsu and Quemoy was. Ian Buruma, The New Yorker, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for if need be 

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“If need be.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/if%20need%20be. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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