plan B


Definition of plan B

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

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From my intimate point of view, library school is a bit of an academic catchall, sometimes a plan B, appealing to weirdos of many backgrounds. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 In recent times this has been easily figured out, and with no plan B in place, Arsenal lack any tactical cohesion., "FanView: Why Diego Simeone Could Be Just What Arsenal Need in the Post Arsène Wenger Era," 26 Apr. 2018 Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy said the only plan B being explored was a preparation for no deal. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "U.K., EU Approve Hard-Fought Brexit Divorce Deal. Now the Harder Work Begins.," 25 Nov. 2018 Having tried and failed to restore power, the family resorted to plan B -- sail with no electrical power and try to reach the nearest land, which was the tiny island country of Niue, west of the Cook Islands. Danielle Rossingh, CNN, "Sailing around the world -- with three children," 30 Apr. 2018 And so Friday, Europe will go to plan B: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who doesn’t particularly like Trump, and doesn’t really pretend to, either. Bess Levin, The Hive, "Angela Merkel Doesn’t Want Emmanuel Macron’s Sloppy Seconds," 27 Apr. 2018 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

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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