not if I can help it

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not if I can help it

Not if I am able to prevent it from happening. A: "John wants to sell Dad's old coin collection." B: "Not if I can help it! Those meant the world to Dad!"
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not if ˈI can help it

used for saying you do not want something to happen: ‘Your daughter told me that she wants to leave school when she’s 16.’ ‘Not if I can help it.’
See also: can, help, if, not