plan B


Definition of 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 Many of the drivers competing in this year’s W series have had to come up with creative ways to either earn enough money to keep racing or ensure there’s a plan B if their career is cut short. Laura Parker, WSJ, 23 June 2021 If negative situations persist, then execute plan B, which may include legal action. Lillian Gregory, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Prepare to speak up and develop a plan B for situations where retaliation or inaction may occur. Lillian Gregory, Forbes, 28 June 2021 In other words, in times like now bonds would be a nice safety cushion—a plan B for your portfolio. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2020 If that seems too steep or reservations are tough to come by, the nearby Waldorf Astoria Versailles—Trianon Palace is a posh plan B (from about $260 a night, Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, 25 May 2021 Professional extermination is always a plan B, but this service can be expensive, complete success is not guaranteed and cleanup can be time-consuming. Michael Pollick,, 18 Apr. 2021 Toss a pair of traction devices into your pack, and if all else fails, have a plan B in mind, such as an exploration of the lower-elevation foothills section of the parks. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 8 Apr. 2021 But when the Flames had to cancel due to COVID-19 issues, a plan B came together for another worthy top-25 matchup. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of plan B

1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Plan B.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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Plan B


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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