if I were you

idiom (1)

Definition of if I were you

 (Entry 1 of 9)

used when giving advice or guidanceI'd do it if I were you.

if you ask me

idiom (2)

Definition of if you ask me (Entry 2 of 9)

informal
: in my opinion She looks ridiculous in that hat, if you ask me.

if you believe that, you'll believe anything

idiom (3)

Definition of if you believe that, you'll believe anything (Entry 3 of 9)

used sarcastically to discredit the speaker or a statement"He says he's going to become a doctor." "If you believe that, you'll believe anything!"

if you don't mind my/me asking

idiom (4)

Definition of if you don't mind my/me asking (Entry 4 of 9)

used with a question as a polite way of asking something that could be annoying or offensiveHow old are you, if you don't mind my/me asking?

if you don't mind my/me saying so

idiom (5)

Definition of if you don't mind my/me saying so (Entry 5 of 9)

used with a statement as a polite way of saying something that could be annoying or offensiveYou look a bit old for this job, if you don't mind my/me saying so.

if you like

idiom (6)

Definition of if you like (Entry 6 of 9)

1 used to agree politely to a suggestion or request"Could we stay a little longer?" "Yes, if you like."
2 chiefly British used to suggest a possible way of describing or thinking about somethingThe experience was, if you like, a glimpse of the future.

if you must know

idiom (7)

Definition of if you must know (Entry 7 of 9)

used when one is answering a question that one does not want to answer because the information is personal, embarrassing, etc."Why did you leave that job?" "If you must know, I was fired."

if you please

idiom (8)

Definition of if you please (Entry 8 of 9)

old-fashioned + formal
1 used to make a polite requestFollow me, if you please, and I'll show you to the garden.
2 used to express surprise or annoyance about somethingHe insulted her, and then, if you please, asked for her help.

(you're) damned if you do and damned if you don't

idiom (9)

Definition of (you're) damned if you do and damned if you don't (Entry 9 of 9)

informal
used to say that in a specific situation a person can be blamed or considered wrong no matter what he or she does

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