if anything can go wrong, it will


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if anything can go wrong, it will

A reminder that future problems are possible. The expression is also known as "Murphy's law." Before we deliver big presentations to the board, our manager always makes sure we're prepared by reminding us that if anything can go wrong, it will. Of course the toast landed butter-side down, because if anything can go wrong, it will.
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If anything can go wrong, it will.

Prov. Every possible disaster will occur, whether you have prepared for it or not. (This saying is also referred to as "Murphy's Law.") Fred: Your car should be fine now, as long as the battery doesn't die. Alan: Then we'd better put a new battery in. If anything can go wrong, it will; so let's make sure it can't go wrong.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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