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 Is TikTok owner ByteDance trying to engineer a plan B? Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global markets dip as investors again sour on tech stocks," 10 Sep. 2020 And then everything stops, and a snappy plan B must be quickly implemented. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Ten ways videoconferencing mirrors life: Sun Messages," 7 Sep. 2020 TikTok is scrambling to hash together a plan B as President Donald Trump's administration threatens to ban the app in the U.S. due to its Chinese ownership. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "TikTok’s woes won’t end after just 45 days," 10 Aug. 2020 Hubbard said people want a plan B if things get worse. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, "‘Makes far more sense than buying up toilet paper’: Gun and doomsday bunker sales spike in Texas," 2 June 2020 Italian doctors are hoping for a sign that the country's blanket lockdown is working, because there's no plan B, Barbie Nadeau writes. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday, March 19," 19 Mar. 2020 Have a plan B … and C Birth doesn’t always proceed as expected, especially for a first-time mom. Katherine Hobson, New York Times, "A Birth Plan Can Help Smooth the Path to Baby’s Arrival," 18 Apr. 2020 The plan B -- now due for the plebiscite -- is somewhat less generous to companies than its predecessor. Washington Post, "What the Swiss Vote on Taxes Means for Multinationals," 20 Sep. 2019 Conte never seems to have a 'plan B' when things aren't going his way., "Antonio Conte's Second Season as Chelsea's Boss Was Doomed Before a Ball Was Even Kicked," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of plan B

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of plan B was in 1977

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18 Sep 2020

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“Plan B.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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