if/when all else fails

Definition of if/when all else fails

  1. :  if/when everything else one has attempted has failed He only bothers to read the directions if/when all else fails.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

    :  as much as possible

    :  every member or individual component of

  1. :  wholly, quite

    :  only, exclusively

    :  just

  1. :  the whole number, quantity, or amount :  totality

    : used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

    :  everybody, everything

  1. :  the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

elseplay
  1. :  in a different manner or place or at a different time

    :  in an additional manner or place or at an additional time

    :  if not :  otherwise

  1. :  other:

    :  being different in identity

    :  being in addition

failplay fails
  1. :  to lose strength :  weaken

    :  to fade or die away

    :  to stop functioning normally

  1. :  failure

    :  a failure (as by a security dealer) to deliver or receive securities within a prescribed period after purchase or sale


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