if anything

if anything

If nothing else; if in any amount or degree; if at all. Often used to indicate a certain deviation, choice, or outcome that is contrary to that which was previously mentioned or suggested. I don't think we should be waiting for help to arrive—if anything, we need to keep moving. Thank you for the compliment, but if anything, I've put on weight lately!
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if anything

If at all, if in any degree. For example, If anything, we have too much food rather than too little. [Early 1800s]
See also: anything, if
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But at that moment some one opened the outer door, and a voice - her voice - said, - 'Come out - I want to see the moon, and breathe the evening air: they will do me good - if anything will.
I wired to Cambridge to learn if anything had been heard of him there.
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