plan B


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web According to Love, plan B had been trying to get a Cobain biopic off the ground as recently as 2020. Vulture, 30 Dec. 2022 Last year the society complied a full report on plan B schemes--ways to tinker with the planet on a grand scale to save us from ourselves. Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2010 Having a viable plan B is not something English national team soccer is used to seeing and the men’s team should take note. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Their plan B now centered on that inconspicuous Toyota and Nueng, who sat in the driver's seat, whispering Buddhist prayers to herself to slow her racing heartbeat. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 22 Nov. 2022 Unlike most golden visa applicants who use their visa as a plan B and only live in the country a few weeks or months a year, Leavitt and her husband plan on staying full time in sunny Aljezur. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 1 Oct. 2022 There were no conflicting ideas or plan B in case a bodybuilding career did not work out. Kumar Mehta, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Gray and Gordon are good options to have out wide, Rondon is an archetypal plan B, and who knows what Alli will be for the Toffees, but adding a modern centre-forward could open up many options for Everton. James Nalton, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Sadjadpour says the Iranians don't believe the Biden administration has a plan B to for the deal, leading Iran not to feel any real urgency about reaching a compromise. CBS News, 21 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of plan B was in 1977

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Cite this Entry

“Plan B.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

Plan B

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