plan B


: an alternative plan of action for use if the original plan should fail

Examples of plan B in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plan B candidate option isn't a guarantee A candidate needs 1,215 delegates to be the Republican nominee for president, and at the moment Trump holds a slim lead that is expected to balloon in March. Phillip M. Bailey, USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2024 And if networks like CBS don't have any shows with initials like NCIS, FBI, or CSI to put on the air, what is their plan B?, 2 Nov. 2023 So come up with a workout plan B, and scrap the class for that day. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 2 Jan. 2024 No social life, no love life … and no plan B Like Kumar and Kumari, Agrawal knows all about competition. Tara Subramaniam, CNN, 27 May 2023 While on the plane their friend says if the plane has to turn back, their plan B is to drive to The Forum, where Usher is performing. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 29 June 2023 When the food on a British Airways flight from the Caribbean to London went bad over the weekend, the crew came up with an im-peck-able plan B — with a little help from KFC. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 26 July 2023 Pretty much, offer a plan B role that can still offer significant support. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 14 June 2023 Too few jobs, too many workers and 'no plan B': The time bomb hidden in India's 'economic miracle' In 2021, some 16,431 people were killed in nearly 18,000 railway accidents across the country. Sahar Akbarzai, CNN, 2 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plan B was in 1977

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Cite this Entry

“Plan B.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

Plan B

used for a preparation of levonorgestrel intended to prevent pregnancy following unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure
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