plan B


Definition of plan B

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

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Those eggs were our plan B, a security blanket after cancer. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "When Your Dreams of Motherhood Are Destroyed," 1 Oct. 2018 If Kavanaugh is defeated, sources tell Fox News the White House is prepared with a plan B, assuming Republicans maintain control of the Senate. Doug Mckelway, Fox News, "If Kavanaugh nomination fails, here's who could be next in line," 26 Sep. 2018 Had the problem just been the rain, plan B would have been to spend the rest of the day testing the cars on the roads around Monticello instead. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We went to drive the new Ford Mustang—but a tornado messed things up," 17 May 2018 By starting Sterling, England have a better plan B late in the game., "Why England Supporters Are Wrong to Call for Raheem Sterling to Be Dropped for Croatia WC Semi Final," 11 July 2018 Las Blaugrana are believed to be interested in the Liverpool winger as a 'plan B' now that Antoine Griezmann has chosen to stay at Atletico Madrid this summer., "Report Claims Mohamed Salah Has 'Decided Against' Real Madrid Move for Ridiculous Reason," 12 June 2018 Pompeo’s plan B for Iran didn’t include the outline of a stronger deal, or any deal at all. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Pushes a New International Order Based on U.S. Bullying," 22 May 2018 Rather than hold its college commencement outdoors on the campus lawn, Georgetown went with plan B, and moved indoors. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Washington region has its eighth straight day of rain," 19 May 2018 So Fink and the family developed plan B — Joshua's formal conversion to the Jewish faith. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "This Idahoan is an Israeli Lone Soldier. His brother is in the U.S. Navy. Here's their story of service. | Idaho Statesman," 1 May 2018

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of Plan B

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

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