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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.
See also: event, happen, unlikely

in the unlikely event of (something)

If a very improbable outcome turns out to be the case. I wouldn't worry too much, but in the unlikely event of unemployment, you can always come live with us for a while. In the unlikely event of me winning the lottery, the first thing I would do is travel to Jamaica.
See also: event, of, unlikely

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.
See also: event, unlikely
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Others have pointed to the unlikeliness of the decision to litigate over a large commercial transaction as an argument for less-specified drafting.
(Middle class is usually lobbed in at this point to emphasise the unlikeliness of someone becoming a crazed killer).
Because of the unlikeliness of a total cutoff of communication lines between Arsal and Qalamoun, it may be preferable for both sides to get something out of a deal as opposed to what they might lose by refusing such an alternative.
[U] Unlikeliness (unlikely responses suggesting feigned distress), and [G] Guardedness (defensive denial).
Two participants indicated the importance of reserve components increased with the termination of the draft and the unlikeliness of its reconstitution, as well as the continuing question of the eligibility of women for selective service.
Indeed, once violence begins, a PMSC may act in very robust ways, knowing the unlikeliness of backup from public or other private forces.
And our uneasiness concerning this shift to a prosaics of memory, is it but that of petulant readers deprived of Active unlikeliness, of a more obvious type of lyric enchantment?
The nonsignificant (P > 0.05) reduction of PCV, Hb concentration, and RBC count is an indication of unlikeliness of the extract to cause anaemia [21].
To help myself see what is not there, I try to approach fieldwork with a sense of wonder at the supreme unlikeliness of the mundane.
(41) The distinctiveness of the new elite and unlikeliness of inclusion in the old system can be also be argued for by the common view in academia that Saakashvili was using the anti-corruption drive as a political tool to eliminate his political enemies and clean up the old system:
The unlikeliness of Hecuba sharing an experience with the young prince of Denmark leads Enterline to her other argumentative claim, that the separation of speaker from the person being imitated leads to a loosening of other social categories.
Given the unlikeliness of a large public awareness of the CFP market, I'm willing to give the Board the benefit of the doubt that these increases are, indeed, encouraging.
No similar assertion was made to describe an opposite course of action if the outlook for the labor market improves more than expected, tacitly highlighting the unlikeliness the Fed sees that outcome as having.