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in the course of

In or during the process of. In the course of your employment in the company, were you ever aware or suspicious of any illicit financial activity going on? I learned in the course of the meeting that our department was being downsized by over 50 percent.
See also: course, of

during the course of

In or during the process of. During the course of your employment in the company, were you ever aware or suspicious of any illicit financial activity going on? I learned during the course of the meeting that our department was being downsized by over 50 percent.
See also: course, during, of

over the course of

In or during the process of. Over the course of your employment in the company, were you ever aware or suspicious of any illicit financial activity going on? I learned over the course of the meeting that our department was being downsized by over 50 percent.
See also: course, of

in the event that

If it should happen or be the case that. In the event that we get stuck in traffic, there's no way I'll make my flight. I'd like to see you again, so give me a call in the event that you ever come back through Detroit.
See also: event, that

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

meet and greet

1. adjective (hyphenated and used before a noun) Typified by a notable figure socializing with members of the public, the press, or guests in attendance. The meet-and-greet gala is being held to promote the presidential nominee's public profile and help drum up support ahead of the November election.
2. noun An event or reception in which a notable figure socializes with members of the public, the press, or guests in attendance. The normally media-shy singer is holding a meet and greet to help raise awareness for her newest charity campaign.
See also: and, greet, meet

turn of events

A sudden change or alteration in a situation or circumstance. After an unexpected turn of events, the president has announced that he will be resigning from office. Sometimes it takes a dramatic turn of events for our lives to head in the direction they were meant for.
See also: event, of, turn

the blessed event

The birth of a baby. She's almost nine months pregnant, so the blessed event will be happening very soon!
See also: blessed, event

coming events cast their shadows before

Clues indicate important events to follow. Come on, the boss has reprimanded you for this many times. Coming events cast their shadows before, and you need to pay attention to that!
See also: before, cast, coming, event, shadow

it's easy to be wise after the event

It is far easier to understand how something bad could have been prevented after it has already occurred. I never would have bought this car if I had known it needed so much work done to it. Well, it's easier to be wise after the event.
See also: after, easy, event, wise

the happy event

The birth of a child. I'm sorry I couldn't make it for the happy event, but I will be there to meet the little one soon!
See also: event, happy

in any event

Regardless; whatever happens; in any case. There were a few technical issues, but the guests had a good time, in any event. In any event, I think it's time we wrapped up our discussion for today.
See also: any, event

able to make an event

able to attend an event. (Able to can be replaced with can.) I don't think I'll be able to make your party, but thanks for asking me.
See also: able, event, make

blessed event

Fig. the birth of a child. My sister is expecting a blessed event sometime in May. The young couple anxiously awaited the blessed event.
See also: blessed, event

Coming events cast their shadows before.

Prov. Significant events are often preceded by signs that they are about to happen. (From Thomas Campbell's poem, "Lochiel's Warning.") If you pay attention to the news, you can generally tell when something momentous is about to happen. Coming events cast their shadows before.
See also: before, cast, coming, event, shadow

in any case

 and in any event
no matter what happens. I intend to be home by supper time, but in any case by eight o'clock. In any event, I'll see you this evening.
See also: any, case

in case (something happens)

in the event that something takes place. She carries an umbrella in case it rains. I have some aspirin in my office in case I get a headache. He keeps afire extinguisher in his car, just in case.
See also: case

in the event of something

if something happens; on the chance that something happens. In the event of his late arrival, please call me. In the event of rain, the parade is canceled.
See also: event, of

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

It is easy to be wise after the event.

Prov. After you see the consequences of a decision, it is easy to tell if the decision was good, but it is also too late, since the consequences have already happened. Jill: I should never have invited Aunt Betsy to stay with me; I haven't had a peaceful moment since she got here. Jane: Well, it's easy to be wise after the event.
See also: after, easy, event, wise

blessed event

The birth of a baby, as in When is the blessed event expected? This expression combines two senses of blessed, that is, "happy" and "sacred." Today, however, unless used ironically, it is considered cloyingly sentimental. [1920s]
See also: blessed, event

in any case

Also, at all events; in any event. No matter what happens, certainly; also, whatever the fact is, anyway. For example, In any case, I plan to go, or Call me tomorrow, at all events, or He may not be getting a raise, but in any event his boss thinks highly of him. In any case dates from the second half of the 1800s, at all events from about 1700, and in any event from the 1900s. For an antonym, see in no case.
See also: any, case

in case

1. Also, just in case. If it should happen that. For example, In case he doesn't show up, we have a backup speaker. The variant also is used without a following clause to mean simply "as a precaution," as in I took an umbrella just in case. [c. 1400]
2. in case of; in the event of. If there should happen to be. For example, Here is a number to call in case of an emergency, or In the event of a power failure, we'll have to shift our plans. Similarly, in that case means "if that should happen," as in You're alone in the store? In that case I'll bring your lunch. The first usage dates from the early 1700s, the second (with event) from about 1600, and the third from the mid-1800s. Also see in any case; in no case; in the case of.
See also: case

in the course of

Also, during the course of. In the process or progress of, as in the famous phrase from the Declaration of Independence (1776), "When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands ..." These phrases have been criticized as needlessly wordy ( in or during alone are adequate), but they have an emphatic rhythm that keeps them alive. [Mid-1600s]
See also: course, of

in the event of

Also, in the event that. See under in case, def. 2.
See also: event, of

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

be wise after the event

If you say that someone is wise after the event, you mean that they understand a situation and know how to deal with it, but only because it has already happened. I still feel I should have done more to try and stop him getting into the car, but it's easy to be wise after the event.
See also: after, event, wise

in any case

Regardless of what has occurred or will occur.
See also: any, case

in case

1. If it happens that; if.
2. As a precaution: took along an umbrella, just in case.
See also: case

at all events

In any case.
See also: all, event

in any event

In any case: In any event, the audience seemed pleased with your performance.
See also: any, event

in the event

If it should happen; in case: In the event of an emergency, call 911.
See also: event
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