plan B


Definition of plan B 

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

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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 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 So Ferrari decided on plan B: Vettel would make his soft tires last the rest of the race—a total of 39 laps. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula 1 on ESPN sees massive improvement; IndyCar thrilled in Phoenix," 9 Apr. 2018 When an Alabama defender recovered to cut off that pass just in time, Gilgeous-Alexander had to switch to plan B. Forward PJ Washington proved plan B might not be so bad sometimes. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "The real PJ Washington shows up at SEC Tournament for Kentucky basketball, 'mean mug' and all," 10 Mar. 2018 The keto diet deliberately places the body in a state of ketosis, where fat is released from cells and turned into ketones, the body’s plan B for energy production. Kate Morgan, The Cut, "What Exactly Is the Keto Diet, and Is It Safe?," 31 Jan. 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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