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in the unlikely event (that) (something) happens

If a very improbable outcome turns out to be the case. I wouldn't worry too much, but in the unlikely event that you lose your job, you can always come live with us for a while. In the unlikely event I win the lottery, the first thing I would do is travel to Jamaica.
See also: event, happen, unlikely

in the unlikely event of something

 and in the unlikely event that something happens
if something—which probably will not happen—actually happens. In the unlikely event of my getting the job, I'll have to buy a car to get there every day. In the unlikely event of a fire, please walk quickly to an exit.
See also: event, of, unlikely

in the unlikely event

If something improbable should occur. For example, In the unlikely event that I'm held up, please cover for me, or In the unlikely event that we should have snow in May, we're still well equipped to cope with it . Also see under in case, def. 2.
See also: event, unlikely
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If anyone can imagine anything unlikelier then please let me know, and I may give a small prize.
PETER CROUCH has formed an unlikely partnership with Rafael van der Vaart on the pitch and an unlikelier one with Abbey Clancy off it.
or Russian Ever since an early production of Ivanhoe came to Wales in 1913, with Chepstow Castle doubling-up as a Medieval English court, the nation has acted as a stand-in for a host of non-Welsh destinations - some unlikelier than others Laurence of Arabia (1962) With the close proximity of the sea and the vagaries of the Welsh weather, it would take an optimist to re-imagine a South Wales seafront as an Arabian desert plain.
His delight at seeing an unlikely draw hammered into an even unlikelier victory, plain for everyone to watch and enjoy.
But the installation turns out to be not only a complex stage for experiences of a both visceral and highly erudite order but also one of the unlikelier works to sum up a good deal of Documenta11's themes and ideas: Evans proffers a lexicon of translation and translatability (the beams of light are triggered by software that translates an English sentence into Morse code), of globalization and images of the global (the glitter ball as a futuristic-nostalgic vision of the planet), the construction and domestication of the exotic (a potted palm next to the spotlight), of architectural dreams and social utopias (the discodelic club space as ultimate destination of a community at once emergent and vanishing).
Deep Pockets was an even unlikelier winner of the amateur riders' handicap chase for the Gay Kindersley Salver, as favourite Strongbows Legend winged away until arrowing into the turf three out.
And today, by an even unlikelier accident, he's about to marry Heather Trott to win pounds 2,000.
If you analyse what has happened throughout Toshack's career, far unlikelier things have happened, you know.
The intrepid duo just about pulled it off,but unlikelier stunts from The Hollow Man and Chain Reaction proved more testing.
And things are unlikelier to get any easier for Federer today against Haas, who has transferred his form from winning in Memphis last Sunday to the Middle East with the minimum of fuss.