if/when all else fails

idiom

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

Examples of if/when all else fails in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And when all else fails, there's always the movies. Jill Cassidy, The Arizona Republic, 21 May 2024 Even if all else fails, prices are bound to fall over a period of years as new drugs win FDA approval and make the market more competitive, economists said. Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2024 Meal-wise, the kitchen staff is used to tiny diners’ requests, but if all else fails, there’s also an outside cooler always stocked with snacks and ice cream. Juliet Izon, Travel + Leisure, 21 May 2024 And if all else fails, ask your doctor about prescription medication. Alice Oglethorpe, SELF, 10 May 2024 For a real treat, register ahead of time through your home state representative's office and take the kids on a free tour of The White House — if all else fails, the White House Visitor Center just around the corner makes a worthy alternative. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 7 Apr. 2024 And, if all else fails, there’s always Beyoncé, whose country album, Cowboy Carter, is due in late March to remind us how to wear summer hats. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 19 Mar. 2024 And when all else fails, continue to be a positive role model for a healthy lifestyle. Christina Montoya Fiedler, Parents, 23 Feb. 2024 And if all else fails, squirrels are sensitive to capsaicin, the compound that makes peppers hot. Kate Morgan, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2024

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“If/when all else fails.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/if%2Fwhen%20all%20else%20fails. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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