might-have-been

noun

ˈmītə(v)ˌbin,
-ītə-
plural might-have-beens
1
: something that might have happened
who can calculate the might-have-beensW. M. Thackeray
reconstructs the might-have-beens of English and French electionsH. C. Mansfield
2
: a person who might have amounted to something or to more

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“Might-have-been.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/might-have-been. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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