should the need arise

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of should the need arise

: if it becomes necessary to do so
  • Should the need arise, he can defend himself

Word by Word Definitions

should play
  1. : past tense of shall

  2. used in auxiliary function to express condition

  3. used in auxiliary function to express obligation, propriety, or expediency

need play
  1. : necessary duty : obligation

  2. : a lack of something requisite, desirable, or useful

  3. : a physiological or psychological requirement for the well-being of an organism

  1. : to be needful or necessary

  2. : to be in want

  3. : to be in need of : require

arise play
  1. : to begin to occur or to exist : to come into being or to attention

  2. : to originate from a source

  3. : to get up or stand up : rise


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