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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.
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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.
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Jim's story of the paedophile, who appears at the digging of his own grave and wants to be buried with his victim, is the more shocking not only because of its subject but because of the unlikeliness of the teller: Jim, by contrast with Finbar and Jack, is no sort of fantasist, nor yet a show-off trying to impress Valerie.
Video-game adaptations joke about the post-apocalyptic devastation in "New Angeles" in 2007, "after the Big One" (Double Dragon), the unlikeliness of romance between heroines and villains (Lara Croft, Tomb Raider), and the bodacious sexual temptations of alternative worlds (Super Mario Bros.
asks Baytes, waving a gun, a reference to the unlikeliness of Canada as a nation, a subtlety likely to fly above the heads of an American audience.
Many young firms, realizing the unlikeliness of turning a profit in today's market, have opted to sell their assets if they can find a buyer.
Maik Taylor is back in goal and a safer option than Edwin van der Sar, hence the unlikeliness of a United walkover.
Keightley (1978, 187) has dismissed the argument that "scratches found on Neolithic pots at Yang-shao culture sites such as Pan-p'o" are "the earliest attempt to create a script anywhere in the world" as "unconvincing" because of the unlikeliness that people in 5th millennium Neolithic China "needed a writing system".
If someone is predisposed to be worried, degrees of unlikeliness seem to provide no comfort, unless one can prove that harm is absolutely impossible, which itself is not possible.
Double solitude" is telling here, of course, for it shows the reader the unlikeliness of their coming together either in the polite or the sexual sense.
It rather expresses the unlikeliness of chance events of sequencing in such order.
What captured Berke's imagination was the unlikeliness of the alliance.
From the perspective of historical redress, allowing tribes to apply their reserved water to uses other than for agriculture is one way to remedy the historical disparity in water development while accounting for the unlikeliness of federal funding for new irrigation projects.
Given such an unlikeliness of equal price elasticities of demand and supply, we propose a sufficient condition which justifies an across-the-board equiproportional sales tax.
The Negative Rating Outlook is due to negative operating margins since fiscal 2003 and the unlikeliness of HRHS to post a positive margin in fiscal 2005, with the majority of these losses coming from the medical center.
But just as works and texts have always emerged from the studio, even if they have dramatized the unlikeliness of their completion, something did get made from all Stark's distracted hours spent in online chats--indeed, a feature-length film, made to premiere at the 2011 Venice Biennale.
amp;nbsp;Later in the day, a BP spokesperson reiterated the unlikeliness of a July relief well completion.